WMO/WCRP/IPY Workshop on CLIPS in Polar Regions:
Climate product generation, user liaison and training
8-11 September 2008, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Please note on menu to the right, the Provisional Programme and List of Participants, are now available. Under logistical information, please note important new information concerning visas.
Numerous reports in recent times (e.g. the IPCC 4th assessment reports of Working Groups 1 and 2, the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) report on Shrinking Snow and Ice: Rapid Changes in Polar Regions, the WCRP/CliC-SCAR Cryosphere Theme Report for IGOS (the Integrated Global Observing Strategy), the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, etc.) have highlighted the extent and rapidity of climate changes at high latitudes. The people that live and work in these regions have a great need for climate information, with which they can better adapt to climate variability and change. It is also important to assist vulnerable polar communities to make optimal use of the available information in implementing their adaptation strategies, and in conducting their lives in a changing environment.
At this time, the IPY is generating many legacies, including the new collaborative initiative SAON (Sustained Arctic Observing Networks). There is now an opportunity, perhaps a unique one, for the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of Members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to build collaborative mechanisms for generating sustained, practical, operational products and services to meet user needs for climate risk management in Polar Regions.
The workshop on CLIPS in Polar Regions, a collaborative effort between WMO, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the IPY, aims to bring together climate and user representatives with interests in Polar Regions, to share information and identify requirements for climate information, products and services, and to engage in awareness and technical training. Important factors in this effort will be knowledge of the evolution of the local climate, and of the climate sensitivity of social, natural and economic systems in these areas. The workshop will provide information and training on the climates of Polar Regions and useful modern methods and tools for climate products including monthly to seasonal predictions; and will evaluate options for sustained, regular international efforts to serve the climate-related needs of Polar Regions. Such future activities could include establishment of a regular Polar Regional Climate Outlook Forum (PCOF) as part of the WMO legacy of IPY 2007-2008, and as a contribution to the future WMO Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW).
This initiative will involve a representative group of current and potential future providers of climate data, information, products and services and will identify climate-sensitive socio-economic sectors, including indigenous peoples, in Polar Regions for assessment and priority evaluation of requirements for climate data, information and services. It also will identify the current and future capacities of and constraints on providers, identify gaps which will require additional scientific research, observation, product generation and capacity building, and will invite recommendations for sustaining existing services and offering new ones for these vulnerable regions. A survey will be conducted prior to the workshop, to initiate development of the knowledge base required.
The programme for this Workshop will cover:
The workshop is organized by:
The workshop will be hosted by the Main Geophysical Observatory of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), 7 Karbysheva Street, St. Petersburg 194021, Russian Federation.
The workshop will be conducted in English only.
Dr Rupa Kumar Kolli
Tel: +41 22 730 8377
Mrs Leslie Malone
Tel: +41 22 730 8220
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin
Tel: +41 22 730 8486
Dr Eduard Sarukhanian
Tel: +41 22 730 8420
Dr Alexandr Zaitsev
Tel: +7 812 297 43 90
This concept was first raised at the meeting of the WMO Intercommission Task Group in April 2005, when it requested that, under the auspices of the Commission for Climatology, WMO promote development of specialized activities for Polar Regions through Regional Climate Centres and the CLIPS RCOF process, and to arrange user feedback to these activities, and to NMHSs. Subsequently, the Russian Federation offered to host a CLIPS workshop, and agreed that it focus on a contribution to the IPY legacy. The extension of the CLIPS to Polar Regions was endorsed by the WMO Executive Council at its 60th session (EC-LX, June 2008). The Council urged Members with interests in the Region to contribute to scoping the feasibility of establishment of a Polar Climate Outlook Forum (PCOF).
The deadline for application for participation is past. Candidates have been selected from the applications received, based on relevance to and background in the proposed activities. Based on the availability of accommodations, no further applications can be considered, but expression of interest in future activities are welcome.
NB: This workshop will touch on both Arctic and Antarctic interests but, considering that this constitutes a first step in a longer process, in this instance a greater emphasis may be placed on the Arctic region particularly due to the need to consider, as a first priority, the need of the indigenous peoples in that region.
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