Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Massive changes are occurring in the Arctic – retreating sea-ice, warming oceans, and a warming atmosphere – which have the potential to influence weather and climate well beyond the region itself. These profound transformations are projected to continue well into the future, opening up new opportunities, such as shorter shipping routes, but also exposing major risks, such as environmental hazards associated with increased activity in the Arctic. The growing interest and infrastructure in the Arctic means there is a strong need for improved weather and climate predictions on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

The APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE) project aims to address these needs by bringing together a multinational and multidisciplinary consortium to advance our capability to predict weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond. Funded through the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, APPLICATE brings together experts from both the weather and climate communities across universities, research institutes, and operational prediction centres; a composition ensuring effective knowledge transfer from science directly to operations.

APECS is a key partner in the project, responsible for several of the training and outreach activities particularly related to early career researchers. The Tromsø outpost of the APECS International Directorate at UiT The Arctic University of Norway is responsible for the APECS tasks within APPLICATE, which include organising the Polar Prediction School 2018, a webinar series, an online training course, mentoring sessions, and more.

Find out more about APPLICATE on the project website:   

Polar Prediction School 2018

APPLICATE, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization’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.

Find more information on the Polar Prediction School webpage.

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Polar Prediction Resources

There is an excellent introductory video about why we need Polar Prediction developed by the World Meteorological Organisation:


There are a wide variety of different online courses related to Polar prediction available. Some good places to start looking for more specific training material are:

There are also many online learning platforms that offer more general courses of relevance to Polar predictions. These include:

Some further interesting resources include:

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