From September 5-9, 2016, activities during the upcoming Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) will be planned in Reading, UK. A web stream will be available from Monday 12:00 pm (GMT+1) to follow the two meetings online throughout the week, according to the Polar Prediction Project (PPP) web-site.

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In less than a year, the YOPP Core Phase will be launched. In order to make further progress in the planning of the various activities during the YOPP, the Planning Workshops on Arctic Observations and the YOPP Modelling Component will be held at ECMWF in Reading, UK, from September 5-7 and September 7-9, 2016, respectively.

Invitees from operational centers, research institutes, universities, and initiatives from all over the world will plan on observational campaigns in the Arctic as well as various modelling activities such as forecasting experiments, dedicated reanalyses, or data denial experiments. During a Joint Session on Wednesday, September 7, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (GMT+1), modellers and observationalists will discuss on how to improve polar forecasting in a joint effort.

YOPP is one of the key elements of the Polar Prediction Project. It is scheduled to take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 and aiming to enable 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.

Live streaming will be available throughout the week, from Monday, 12:00 pm (GMT+1) for those who wish to follow the meetings online. In order to join the meetings remotely, the agendas as well as the links to the web stream can be found at