In the rapidly warming Arctic, reliable weather and climate forecasts are becoming increasingly important. Moreover, the weather and climate of the mid-latitudes are significantly affected by what happens at the poles. Yet, the Arctic is among the least-observed places of our planet, and models are facing particular challenges to represent the extraordinary physics governing the polar climate system. In order to enhance our models’ predictive skills, more and better observations of the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean are needed.
In this townhall meeting, a panel of five international experts on Arctic weather and climate will discuss with the audience how we can best capitalise on existing and additional Arctic observations to improve forecast initial states, verification, and model physics, and to optimise the future polar observing system.
The programme will include short talks by the panellists Rick Allard (US Naval Research Lab), Agnieszka Beszczynska-Möller (IOPAN), Helge Gössling (AWI), Torben Koenigk (SMHI) and Irina Sandu (ECMWF), and a discussion with the audience moderated by APPLICATE project manager Luisa Cristini (AWI).