Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

APPLICATE course logos 2The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), in collaboration with the APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE) project and the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) organised a free online course on "Advancing Predictive Capability of Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate” that took place from September to December 2019. 

About the partners: APPLICATE is one of the projects within the EU Arctic Cluster, a network of projects funded through the EU Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme 7. The scope of APPLICATE is to improve weather and climate predictions in the Arctic. Studying the influence of Arctic climate change on Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, APPLICATE fosters engagement with policy makers, industry and other stakeholder groups who benefit from improved predictive capacity in Arctic regions. The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is the flagship activity of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)' s Polar Prediction Project with the aim of enabling a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities. APPLICATE is one of the key projects endorsed by the Year of Polar Prediction.

About the course: The course was a training activity within the APPLICATE project (Work Package 7: User engagement, dissemination and training) and the Year of Polar Prediction education effort. An introduction to APPLICATE`s research focus and goals can be found in these three webinars. The online course was designed for early career researchers (e.g., Master and PhD students, Postdocs) with a specific interest in Arctic weather and climate prediction and modelling

This course provided an overview of the state-of-the-art knowledge of Northern high-latitude weather and climate predictions; including aspects relevant for the Arctic climate system; and linkages between Arctic and mid-latitude/global weather. The topics included an overview of the observing system design in the Arctic, current methods in weather and climate predictions and how predictive skill can be improved. An important aspect of the course were Arctic extreme weather phenomena and engagement of stakeholders who are using weather and climate predictions in their daily operations.

This course was supported through the APPLICATE project that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727862, the Year of Polar Prediction, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, and UiT The Arctic University in Tromsø.

© Photos by Fiona Tummon and Gerlis Fugmann from the Polar Prediction School 2018
Polar Prediction School 2018 2 Kopie

Agenda

Block 1: Introduction

19 September

3-4:30 pm

Course introduction: Advancing Predictive Capability of Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate

Speaker: Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

Watch the session recording here.

26 September

2-3:30 pm

Stakeholder engagement and example of APPLICATE case studies

Speaker: Marta Terrado & Dragana Bojovic (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain)

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3 October

2-3:30 pm

Boundary layer, clouds and air mass transformation

Speaker: Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Watch the session recording here.

Block 2 - Data and modelling

17 October

2-3:30 pm

Observing system design in the Arctic

Speaker: Taneil Uttal (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States)

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24 October

2-3:30 pm

The use of Arctic observations in Numerical Weather Prediction

Speaker: Heather Lawrence (European Center For Medium Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom)

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31 October

3-4:30 pm

Seasonal to decadal prediction: recent progress and the signal-to-noise paradox

Speaker: Doug Smith (MetOffice, United Kingdom)

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7 November

3-4:30 pm

Arctic weather phenomena and extremes

Speaker: Thomas Spengler (University of Bergen, Norway)

Watch the session recording here.

Block 3 - Arctic

14 November

2-3:30 pm

Polar ocean forecasting

Speaker: Arlan Dirkson (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

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21 November

3-4:30 pm

Challenges and priorities for improved prediction and climate monitoring of the Arctic

Speaker: Irina Sandu (European Center For Medium Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom)

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28 November

3-4:30 pm

Evaluating models

Speaker: Barbara Casati (Environmental and Climate Change Canada)

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4 December

2-3:30 pm

Presentation of the course participant case studies

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5 December

2-3:30 pm

APPLICATE and the Year Of Polar Prediction (YOPP)

Speaker: Jonny Day (European Center For Medium Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom)

Watch the session recording here.

Our speakers

Taking our knowledge to society: The case studies

The case studies focus on extreme events of Arctic weather and climate on different time scales, and their impact on a specific aspect of society or daily life in the Arctic and beyond. Severe Weather Europe has a good collection and documentation of unusual weather events in Europe. Visit the APPLICATE website for examples of case studies done by the project so far. 

Participant case studies

The students developed new case studies using weather and climate predictions within the context of APPLICATE as group work. The results of the practical tasks will are presented below and in a dedicated webinar.

Course Organizers

  • Andrea Schneider - Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) / UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Course Administrator), e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Natalie Carter - University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Luisa Cristini - APPLICATE / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Gerlis Fugmann - Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)/ Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Deniz Vural - Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center
  • Paul Rosenbaum - Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Fiona Tummon - Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Switzerland
  • Kirstin Werner - International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO) / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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