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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), in collaboration with the APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE) project and the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is announcing a free online course on "Advancing Predictive Capability of Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate” to take place from September to December 2019.

Registration for the course and separate session is mandatory and is open until August 30. The course will run from September 19 to December 5. For more information and registration, please keep reading or visit the course website:

About the partners

APPLICATE is one of the projects within the EU Arctic Cluster, a network of projects funded through the EU Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme 7. The scope of APPLICATE is to improve weather and climate predictions in the Arctic. Studying the influence of Arctic climate change on Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, APPLICATE fosters engagement with policy makers, industry and other stakeholder groups who benefit from improved predictive capacity in Arctic regions.

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is the flagship activity of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)' s Polar Prediction Project with the aim of enabling a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities. APPLICATE is one of the key projects endorsed by the Year of Polar Prediction.

About the course

The course will be a training activity within the APPLICATE project (Work Package 7: User engagement, dissemination and training) and the Year of Polar Prediction education effort. The online course is designed for early career researchers (e.g., Master and PhD students, Postdocs) with a specific interest in Arctic weather and climate prediction and modelling. Advanced knowledge and understanding of weather systems, climate, modelling and forecasting is an advantage when registering for this course but not a prerequisite. An introduction to APPLICATE`s research focus and goals can be found in these three online seminars.

This course will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art knowledge of Northern high-latitude weather and climate predictions; including aspects relevant for the Arctic climate system; and linkages between Arctic and mid-latitude/global weather. The topics will include an overview of the observing system design in the Arctic, current methods in weather and climate predictions and how predictive skill can be improved. An important aspect of the course are Arctic extreme weather phenomena and engagement of stakeholders who are using weather and climate predictions in their daily operations.

This course is supported through the APPLICATE project that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727862, the Year of Polar Prediction, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, and UiT The Arctic University in Tromsø.

For any questions on the course feel free to contact directly Andrea Schneider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.