The Sea Ice Prediction Network South (SIPN South) is a project endorsed by the Year of Polar Prediction. SIPN South aims at making an initial assessment of seasonal sea ice forecasting capabilities around Antarctica. More information on SIPN South can be found here.
Just in time for the start of the Arctic Winter Special Observing Period a brandnew issue of the PolarPredictNews is available at http://www.polarprediction.net/news/polarpredictnews/
The full report and highlights are available at: https://www.arcus.org/sipn/sea-ice-outlook/2017/post-season.
In recent decades, Arctic warming has amplified markedly and sea ice has shrunk drastically, leading to an emergent forcing that possibly drives anomalous atmospheric circulation and weather patterns beyond the Arctic.
Ice service provision is a crucial element of safe and efficient operations in polar regions. The master and officers of any vessel sailing in potentially ice-covered waters require good, accurate and complete weather and sea-state forecasts as well as hydrographic information for the best possible analysis of sea-ice conditions to enable considered route planning. It is therefore vital that the right information reaches the right audience at the right time.