Chair of the Polar Prediction Project Steering Committee
PPP and YOPP were initiated by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and carried out by a broad range of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), operational prediction centres, research institutions and universities.
The Final Summit will address a number of exciting themes, including (i) advancements in polar prediction during YOPP and their operationalizations, (ii) representation of polar processes in numerical models, with focus on coupling of the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice, (iii) observing system experiments and reanalyses in polar regions, (iv) teleconnections linking polar weather to mid-latitudes predictability, (v) science to services, tailoring polar forecasting products and services to meet user needs, and (vi) societal and economic application of accessible, relevant, and useable forecasts. The Summit will also be critical for further building international cooperation in polar prediction, and developing a long-term YOPP legacy.
I very much look forward to seeing your research results and hearing your perspectives on PPP and YOPP. The Final Summit will also celebrate the successes of PPP and YOPP; acknowledge the contributions of those involved in launching and supporting PPP; and, discuss future challenges in polar prediction. A key part of the YOPP Final Summit is the focus upon the work of Early Career Researchers (ECR) through a YOPP Final Summit Fellowship Program and an ECR day prior to the Final Summit itself.
I look forward to meeting you—in person or online—to discuss and celebrate scientific advances and the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project.
In closing I wish to thank the World Meteorological Organisation and the many supporters and sponsors who have made this possible, in particular Barbara Casati and the YOPP Final Summit Planning Committee for their tireless effort in putting together this conference despite the challenges of the global pandemic.