WMO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland – the YOPP Summit was a high-level event and is a key element in the planning for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). The mission of the YOPP is 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. YOPP is one of the key elements of the Polar Prediction Project. YOPP is scheduled to take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019.
A major milestone for the preparation of YOPP was the YOPP-Summit, held at Geneva, 13-15 July 2015. The purpose of the Summit was to:
- Give an overview about the present level of planning;
- Identify stakeholder expectations and requirements; Develop priorities; Define intensive observing periods; Agree on the YOPP data legacy;
- Coordinate planned activities, and
- Gather formal committments from parties interested in YOPP.
The results of the Summit will be used to finalize Version 2.0 of the YOPP Implementation Plan. The YOPP Summit was attended by 120 scientists, stakeholders as well as representatives from weather and climate prediction centres, international bodies and funding agencies. EuroGOOS was represented at the meeting by Chair Erik Buch, who gave a presentation on the ocean observations.
The Summit report is now available here