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The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners will be organizing the Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

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The course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open for 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international set up instructors will be teaching the sessions. The course will be run at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden where the instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations. Here participants can begin to develop a sense for the environment they are studying.

For more information on the program, please check the draft agenda below. All information on this page will be updated as the planning progresses, so keep checking back frequently. The Polar Prediction School 2018 is modelled after the Polar Prediction School 2016, a summary of which you can read here

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Application

mast KopieTo apply for the Polar Prediction School 2018, please send (as one PDF) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your:

  1. CV (max 2 page)
  2. Expression of interest letter of maximum 2 pages detailing your
    • Research background and how it is relevant to the course
    • Reasons why you are interested in attending the course and how it can benefit your research career
    • Your estimated travel costs to Abisko (and if you want to apply for travel support from the course organisers)
    • Indication if your research project is funded by or part of the APPLICATE project or not.
    • Any other relevant information

Only complete application including all the above information will be accepted. Registration deadline has been extended until 22 September at 23:59 GMT. Successful applicants will be contacted in mid October 2017.

Registration fee for the Polar Prediction School 2018 will be approximately 700 Euros. It includes all accommodation, food and other fees / costs at the station. Travel to the station is not included in the registration fee. Limited support for travel and registration costs may be available and will be distributed to accepted participants.

Preliminary Program

This is just a preliminary overview of the topics covered during the field school. The program will be updated as the planning progresses and speakers are confirmed.

  Session
  AM - 1 AM - 2 PM - 1 PM - 2 Evening
17 April 2018 Arrival of participants
18 April 2018 Welcome Intro to polar weather Practical: set up met observation tower Icebreaker and networking activities
19 April 2018 Observations Intro to polar climate Predictability Practical: Predictability Student research presentations
20 April 2018 Initial value ensembles Practical: Large ensemble  Discussion  Projection uncertainty   Career pathways
21 April 2018 Sea ice in the polar climate system  Sea ice 101  Practical: floe size model  Discussion   Presentation skills
22 April 2018 Sea ice modelling Polar ocean forecasting  Practical: ocean model  Discussion  Abstract boot-camp 
23 April 2018 Excursion Day     
24 April 2018 Practical: working with observations
 
 Diurnal and seasonal cycles  Practical  Education and Outreach skills
25 April 2018  Clouds  Polar lows Practical: Arctic Hurricanes exercise  Discussion  Project management 
26 April 2018 Mid-latitude/polar linkages Polar representation in GCMs    
27 April 2018 Wrap up     

Instructors

The list of instructors will be updated as they are confirmed.

  • Ian Brooks (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Matthieu Chevallier (Météo France & CNRS, France)
  • Jonathan Day (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Erik Kolstad (Uni Research / Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)
  • Donald Perovich (Dartmouth College, United States)
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Organizing Committee

  • Alice Bradley (Dartmough College, United States)
  • Ian Brooks (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Luisa Cristini (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Jonathan Day (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Kirstin Werner (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

Sponsors

We want to thank the following projects and organisations for sponsoring the Polar Prediction School 2018!

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Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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