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OpMet Expert Group Report 2020

Operational Meteorology in the Antarctic (OpMet) 2018-2020 Report

Expert Group of the Physical Sciences Group

Report Author(s): Steve Colwell (UK)


Summary of activities from 2018-20

The group continues to maintain webpages that are updated on a weekly basis with news, information and data monitoring at

Data is updated on a monthly basis on the MET-READER website at

An archive of high resolution radiosonde data collected during the Special Observing Period (SOP) of the Year of Polar Predication - Southern Hemisphere (YOPP-SH) has been created at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), this can be found at

Accommodation expenses were covered for a couple of people to attend the 13th Antarctic Meteorological and Climate Workshop (July 16-18, 2018) in Madison, Wisconsin and the 14th Antarctic Meteorological and Climate Workshop (June 25-28, 2019) in Charleston, South Carolina.

In conjunction with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Executive Council’s Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) we have begun the implementation of an Antarctic Regional Climate Centre (RCC). This was started with a scoping workshop in Bologna from the 7-9th October 2019.