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SCAR General News

5 January 2017:

Three Antarctic-related meetings to be held from 26-30 June 2017: the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate, the second planning meeting on YOPP In the Southern Hemisphere, and the Southern Ocean Regional Panel (SORP) Meeting, all kindly hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

The 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate brings together those with both research and operational interests in Antarctic meteorology and forecasting and related disciplines.  It serves as a forum for current results, ideas, and issues in Antarctic meteorology, numerical weather prediction, forecasting, and climate. Topics related to these, including meteorological issues of Antarctic logistical efforts, are welcome.  The workshop website is:

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) will be officially launched in May 2017.  During the core phase of YOPP from mid-2017 to mid-2019, a Special Observing Period in the Southern Hemisphere will take place from mid-November 2018 to mid-February 2019.  This will have intensified research activities, including enhanced routine synoptic observations and radiosonde launches.

To make further progress in the coordination of the various activities planned in the Southern Hemisphere during YOPP, the second YOPP-SH planning meeting will be held June 28-29, 2017 at NCAR immediately following the Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate.  In order to improve Southern Ocean forecasting capabilities in a joint effort, modeling efforts (including AMPS), observations taken at Antarctic stations and in various field campaigns, and the contribution of Southern Ocean data to the YOPP data portal will be discussed during the meeting. Sessions will address the topics of modeling, observations, and YOPP products.  Information (including lodging options) and a registration page for the meeting may be found at:

A meeting of the Southern Ocean Regional Panel will be held June 29-20, 2017.  It is open to those interested in the activities of SORP.  Details will be posted on the workshop web page when they are available.