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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



2015 PCPI Leads Meeting

A meeting of the leads of the various PCPI Initiatives was held from 9 - 10 September in Reading, UK, hosted by Ted Shepherd. Contact Ted for details.

Dates: 9 - 11 September 2015
Location: Meteorology Building, room 1L43, University of Reading, UK

The report emanating from the meeting is available here.


The agenda of the meeting can be found here.

Name Affiliation, Country
Bitz, Cecilia University of Washington, USA
Bromwich, Dave Ohio State University, USA
Day, Jonny University of Reading, UK (tentative)
Fyfe, John Environment Canada, Canada
Gille, Sarah Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA (remotely)
Goose, Hugues Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Hawkins, Ed University of Reading, UK
Jochum, Markus University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jones, Julie University of Sheffield, UK
Kay, Jennifer National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Marshall, Gareth British Antarctic Survey, UK
Pithan, Felix University of Reading, UK (tentative)
Raphael, Marilyn University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Svensson, Gunilla Stockholm University, Sweden
Shepherd, Ted University of Reading, UK
Renwick, Jim Victoria University, New Zealand (remotely)

14 Bed and Breakfast rooms have been booked at the Cedars Hotel Facility on campus for three nights from the 9th to the 11th September 2015. The cost of this accommodation is £83.95, including breakfast or £77 without the full breakfast (there is a cafe nearby where one can obtain coffee, pastries, yogurt, etc. for those who don’t want a full breakfast). The rooms can be booked by calling the hotel at +44 (0)118 378 8906 and quoting the booking reference 58186. The contact person is Louise Rapley (). You will be asked to pay for this at booking time (with a credit / debit card) and to give your full name and email address. A confirmation will be sent to you directly.

The hotel is a about a 10-minute walk from the meeting venue.

[Map of Reading and the University]

[Map of the University Campus]

Getting to Reading

The University of Reading is in a prime location in the South-East of England and has excellent transport links. Reading's railway station has high speed links to and from London Paddington, as well as regular services to and from other cities around the UK. There are direct services to and from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports. The University is close to the M4 motorway allowing easy access by car.

By Air

From London Heathrow (LHR)

You should take the RailAir coach to Reading. Coaches run frequently (every 30 minutes) and the journey to Reading station takes about 1 hour. A single ticket costs £16 (May 2015) and should be purchased from the National Express sales desk at Heathrow Central Bus Station or in advance via the RailAir website.

Coaches leave from Stands 6 to 15a at the Central Bus Station (except for Terminal 5 where they leave from Stand 9). Please check before boarding. RailAir bus stops are located within the Central Bus Station and are sign posted. For further information please call +44 (0) 1189 579425.

For latest prices and timetables, see the RailAir website.

Directions from Terminals 1-4 to the Central Bus Station, and to the Terminal 5 Bus and Coach Station are listed below:

Terminal 1

From International arrivals follow signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station. From UK and Ireland follow signs for the Underground and Terminals 2 and 3, which direct you towards the lifts. You will then see the signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station. Use the lifts to reach the basement level.

Terminal 2

Leave the building through the doorway immediately in front of the exit from customs and follow signs for Underground and buses, which direct you towards the below-surface travelator. Alternatively, you may prefer to use the street-level access by exiting the terminal building through the revolving doors on the ground floor.

Terminal 3

Follow signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station, taking the ramp or stairs to access the below-surface subway link.

Terminal 4

Use the FREE Heathrow Express shuttle service. Travel in the carriages at the rear of the train and alight at Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Follow signs for Terminals 2 and 3 but as soon as you see signs for buses and underground follow these instead. Alternatively, you can use bus routes 482 and 490 from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5, which run up to 8 times an hour and are free to use (make sure the bus is heading towards Terminal 5 before you board).

Terminal 5

Follow signs for local buses upon leaving arrivals. If you do not already have a ticket these can be purchased from the National Express sales desk which is located inside the terminal building (turn left out of arrivals) opposite Costa Coffee. You will find Stand 9 by exiting the terminal building opposite the National Express sales desk.'

From London Gatwick (LGW)

Direct trains run to Reading from Gatwick Airport every hour and take about 1hr 15 minutes. A single ticket costs around £15 and can be purchased at the station in Gatwick airport.

By Rail

Reading is a mainline train station and is easily accessible from most other places around the UK. There are direct trains from a number of major cities as well as a large number of routes through London. If you are travelling from or via London the best (and quickest) route to take is from London's Paddington station.

Travelling from London Paddington

Trains from Paddington to Reading run approximately every 15-20 minutes throughout the day and the average journey time is around 30 minutes.

Travelling from Reading train station to the University

PLUSBUS is available in Reading. PLUSBUS is a cheap bus pass (like a travelcard) that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station booking office, by phone or online. It gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole urban area of the origin and/or destination town of your train journey, including to and from the rail station.

Visit www.plusbus.info

Once you arrive at the train station you can walk or cycle to either campus, please see instructions left. If you choose to take a taxi or bus, the bus stops and taxi rank can be found outside the station. A taxi will cost you approximately £8 and a single bus journey will cost you £1.90 (return £3.60. You will need the exact money as the buses do not give change).

The buses that run from the train station to the University are as follows:

To Whiteknights campus (Shinfield Road)

Numbers 9 or 21

To Whiteknights campus (Earley Gate)

Numbers 17, 19a, 19b or 19c

To London Road campus

Numbers 9 or 21

*Please note: The number 9 stops at the Shinfield Road entrance and that numbers 20, 20a and 21 stop on campus.

Further information about travelling to the University by bus from the surrounding area available from the Reading Buses website.

This information is from http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.aspx, see that website for most up to date info on getting to Reading.