PCPI Meeting at the 27th IUGG General Assembly
11 July 2019
Montreal, Canada
Attendees: Julie Jones, Gareth Marshall, Alexandra Jahn
i) Follow on discussion from the AntClim 21 workshop, which Alexandra Jahn was unable to attend. There will be an online meeting beforehand (around the time of Antclim21) for preparation, and determination of a final agenda.
ii) Discussion of greater focus in PCPI on the Arctic (as to date PCPI has had a large focus on the Antarctic).

Polar Prediction Workshop 2016
4 – 6 May 2016
Lamont in Palisades, New York, USA

The Third Polar Prediction Workshop on 4-6 May 2016 was held at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York USA. Presentations and discussions were given on sources of predictability on sub-seasonal to annual timescales with a special emphasis on sea ice predictions. Results from the eight years of the Sea Ice Outlook were presented and recommendations were discussed for future Outlook activities and the Year of Polar Prediction. Participants were drawn from operational and research communities, as well as forecast users. 70 attended in person, with 39 oral presentations and 14 posters given. The workshop was supported financially by PCPI WCRP, PPP WWRP and Lamont Doherty. Website and organizational support was provided by Betsy Turner-Bogren and Helen Wiggins from ARCUS/SIPN. The organizing committee was composed of Xiaojun Yuan, Helge Goessling, Edward Hawkins, Muyin Wang, and Cecilia Bitz.

More information is available on the meeting webpage, click here to access it.

Contact Cecilia Bitz for if you have any questions.

Workshop on feedbacks in polar regions and the way they are represented in climate models
17-19 May 2016
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The aim of the workshop was to describe the main feedbacks in polar regions and propose a framework to quantitatively study them in both model and observations as described in the abstract below.

A paper emanated from this workshop (in preparation as of March 2017):
Goosse H., J. E. Kay, K. Armour, A. Bodas-Salcedo, H. Chepfer, D. Docquier, A. Jonko, P. J. Kushner, O. Lecomte, F. Massonnet, H.-S. Park, F. Pithan, G. Svensson, M. Vancoppenolle, 2017. Beyond radiative feedbacks: a process-oriented perspective on climate feedbacks in polar regions. (in preparation).

Contact Hugues Goose or Jennifer Kay for more information.

PCPI Leads Meeting
9 – 11 September 2015, Reading, UK
Contact Ted Shepherd for details

Polar Sea-Ice Seasonal and Inter-Annual Predictability Workshop
8 – 10 April 2015, Reading, UK
This workshop will bring together anyone interested in the predictability of polar sea-ice on seasonal to inter-annual timescales. Contributions will include presentations on understanding causes of inter-annual polar climate variability, as well as idealised predictability studies, and operational forecasts. This workshop is a follow-up to the Sea Ice Prediction Workshop held in Boulder in April 2014, and forms part of PCPI’s Initiative 3 on polar predictability.
For more information contact Ed Hawkins

Large-scale climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean over decades to centuries, and links to extra-polar climate
24 – 26 March 2015, La Jolla, California, USA
– A PCPI Initiative 1 Workshop

International workshop on polar-lower latitude linkages and their role in weather and climate prediction
A joint initiative by WWRP-PPP and WCRP-PCPI.
10 – 12 December 2014, Barcelona, Spain
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Polar Climate: Processes and Predictability Session at AGU Fall 2014

Session 2392 Description:
Few climate models have accurately predicted recent changes in polar climate and, as a result, projections of seasonal to multidecadal polar climate variability remain uncertain. We welcome presentations that examine the processes that govern seasonal to multidecadal polar climate variability, identify sources of polar climate predictability and characterize uncertainty in polar climate prediction. Studies may address these topics using remote sensing, field-based observations, proxy data, reanalyses, numerical modeling and theory. Assessing model errors related to polar predictability and evaluating renalyses are also important to advance this field. Finally, we welcome studies that link polar climate predictability to extra-polar phenomena. This session seeks to connect the community of atmospheric, oceanic, and cryospheric scientists working on topics relevant to the new Polar Climate Predictability Initiative of the World Climate Research Program.

Primary Convener


Cecilia M Bitz
Univ of Washington
Seattle, WA, United States
Sarah T Gille
La Jolla, CA, USA
Marilyn N Raphael
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ed Hawkins
University of Reading
Reading, UK

Joint Scientific Committee Thirty-Five Session
30 June-4 July 2014
Heidelberg, GERMANY
[Presentation] by Ted Shepherd

PCPI Leads Meeting
3-4 April 2014
Boulder, CO, USA

Amundsen Sea Low Workshop for PCPI Initiative 6
5-6th December 2013, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

ECMWF-WWRP/THORPEX Workshop on polar prediction
24-27 June 2013
Reading, UK

Cryosphere in a Changing Climate Grand Challenge Workshop
16-18 October 2013
Tromso, Norway

Antarctic Ice Rises 2013
26-29 August 2013
Tromso, Norway

Sea Ice Modelling and Observation Workshop
5-7 June 2013
Tromso, Norway

Arctic Observing Summit 2013
30 April – 2 May 2013
Vancouver, Canada

Workshop on the Climatic Effects of Ozone Depletion in the Southern Hemisphere: Assessing the Evidences and Identifying the Gaps in Current Knowledge
25 February – 1 March 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science
13-16 November 2012
Frascati, Italy

International Conference on North Atlantic Climate Variability
24-26 September 2012
Hamburg, Germany

Bjerknes Centre 10-year Anniversary Conference
3-6 September 2012
Bergen, Norway

IPY 2012 Conference: From Knowledge to Action
22-27 April 2012
Montreal, Canada

WCRP/IASC Polar Climate Initiative Workshop
2-4 April 2012
Toronto, Canada