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What kind of information is needed by the captain of a vessel navigating polar waters? Our knowledge of what really matters at the end of the forecast chain is rather limited. In order to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) together with partners APPLICATE and Blue-Action are launching the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform.

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Video clips and presentations from the 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations are now available. 

The 3-day symposium considered three topics: Latest research on observed and predicted changes in the Arctic sea ice environment; present and future impact of these changes on Arctic operations; and emerging Arctic policy issues on national and international levels. 

Video clips of each speaker as well as PowerPoint presentations are now freely available for viewing and download from the website https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/Ice2017/.

Any questions can be directed to Pablo Clemente-Colon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The CryoSat-2 Level 4 Sea Ice Elevation, Freeboard, and Thickness data set is now available at NSIDC: http://nsidc.org/data/RDEFT4 

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Dr François Massonnet, member of the APPLICATE consortium and team member of WP4: Support for Arctic observing system design, spent part of summer 2017 in the United States in the context of his research on sea ice predictability and data assimilation.

The August report for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) is now available. The SIO is an activity of the Sea Ice Prediction Network project (SIPN) as a contribution to the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH). The goal of the SIO is to improve Arctic sea ice prediction on seasonal time-scales.

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The last few months have been a very busy period, as can be seen from this third issue of PolarPredictionNews. For example, YOPP has been officially launched at WMO on 15 May 2017;