NOAA scientists explore the Arctic during a 2005 mission. CREDIT: Jeremy Potter, NOAA

NOAA Science Challenge Workshop

Predicting Arctic Weather and Climate and Related Impacts
Status and Requirements for Progress

13-15 May 2014
NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Local Hosts: NOAA/ESRL and CU/CIRES
Co-Chairs: Randy Dole (NOAA/ESRL), Fiona Horsfall (NOAA/NWS), David Bromwich (OSU), and Pablo Clemente-Colón (NOAA/STAR/NIC)
Logistics Contact: Rita Lombardi, 303.497.6740

Workshop Report

Now available! Report summarizing workshop outcomes. Click image:
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Workshop Purpose

The overarching purpose of the workshop is to inform NOAA on actions required to address present and anticipated future mission requirements for predictions of Arctic weather and climate and related impacts. The workshop will also define actions needed to determine relationships between Arctic and lower latitude weather and climate variability and their predictive implications, with emphasis on predictions over the sector encompassing North America and adjacent ocean regions. The workshop’s primary emphasis will be on steps needed to improve predictions and related services from days to seasons in advance; however, needs and opportunities for developing longer-term prediction products will also be considered. The workshop will place particular emphasis on addressing forecast challenges in the following areas:
  1. Predictions of Arctic weather and climate, including sea ice.
  2. Predictions of mid-latitude weather and climate, focusing on the role of higher latitude processes such as variations in Arctic sea ice and the Arctic Oscillation/North Atlantic Oscillation.
The workshop will help define NOAA’s specific role and objectives in relation to Arctic research supported by other US agencies and through new international programs. The latter include the WWRP Polar Prediction Project and the WCRP Polar Climate Predictability Initiative, which will contribute to the development of a new Global Integrated Polar Prediction System.
Additional details can be found in the


NOTE:  Registration is now closed.
VENUE:  NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, Room GC402, Boulder, Colorado