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The First Summit (A History)

The first Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Summit was held from 13–15 July, 2015 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This Summit was a major event in the planning of the Year of Polar Prediction. It was attended by 116 participants from 20 nations including scientists, stakeholders, as well as representatives from operational weather and climate prediction centres, international bodies and funding agencies. Live streaming of the plenary sessions turned out to be very popular with up to 750 users online at the same time.

The Summit started with background presentations on the strategic relevance of enhanced polar predictive capacity and the present level of planning as outlined in version 1.0 of the YOPP Implementation Plan. This was followed by a series of plenary panel presentations and open discussions in sessions covering key YOPP themes:

User-relevant aspects;
YOPP observing component;
YOPP modelling, data assimilation and forecasting component;
YOPP data component; and
YOPP education and outreach component.
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Peter & Patrick
Brian & Machiel
Coffee Discussions
Thomas & Phil
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Key Outcomes from the First Summit included:

Keeping a strong link between YOPP and MOSAiC despite a delay in the start date for MOSAiC, extending YOPP to include the MOSAIC campaign in addition to three IOPs;
Increasing the visibility of YOPP activities in the Southern Hemisphere;
An offer from Met Norway to host the YOPP Data Portal to ensure that access to YOPP observations would be part of the PPP/YOPP legacy;
Including Intensive Observing Periods (IOPs) as part of the YOPP Core Phase;
Agreement that user engagement and associated social science studies are necessary to serve the YOPP objectives;
Encouraging real-time verification against GTS observations during YOPP by exploiting existing resources/facilities already available in major operational centers;
Assessing the impacts of YOPP enhanced prediction from the polar regions to mid-latitudes, uncertainty associated with observations and analyses should be accounted for in verification practices, and compared with model uncertainties;
Balance the emphasis in YOPP research on fundamental polar-non polar latitude process linkages with applications and analyses driven by specific user problems and prediction requirements;
More emphasis on microphysics and radiation modelling activities, since these play a key role for the YOPP;
Modellers should strive to archive model tendencies during IOPs for detailed diagnostic studies;
That effective cross-disciplinary communication among scientists would be key to make the Year of Polar Prediction effective and successful;
An endorsement process should be developed to recognise studies that will support YOPP objectives.

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