The 5th Polar Prediction Workshop was held in Montreal, Canada, on 7-8-9 May 2018. The workshop took place at the Agora Hydro-Quebec (175 President-Kennedy Ave, Montreal, QC H2X 3P2).

More than 60 participants from different sectors were present, including end-users, participants from academia and participants from operational forecasting. The workshop was also followed online by 10 more participants using the Webex live videoconference system.

The 5th workshop, funded by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), the Canadian Ice Service and Climate and Cryosphere (CliC),  focused on :

– polar predictability from subseasonnal to interannual timescales

– sea ice prediction

– operational and research efforts

– end user needs and the capacity of the scientific community to address them

In addition, reviews for the Sea Ice Outlook project and other initiatives related to polar predictions were discussed. We also proposed a new consensus forecast activity, with the objective of synthesizing predictions of (i) September mean Arctic sea ice extent, and (ii) sea ice conditions during the Arctic shipping season for key regions plus the Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route shipping corridors.

Participants were invited to contribute to any or all of these forecasts and were encouraged to highlight these predictions in their presentations.

For questions: ppw2018@googlegroups.com 

 Organizing committee:

Bruno Tremblay (McGill U.)

Amélie Bouchat (McGill U.)

Charles Brunette (McGill U.)

Julianne Yip (McGill U.)

Sea Ice Prediction Network 2 (SIPN2)