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Co-chairs: Gita Ljubicic (McMaster University)

Natalie Carter (University of Ottawa)


More and more specialized weather, water, ice, and climate (WWIC) services are being developed by governments, companies, non-profit, and community-based organizations in order to support safe travel in changing northern environments. There are also various initiatives under way to tailor, translate, or adapt current WWIC information and services to suit diverse user needs across northern regions.  As the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP, 2017 - 2019) moves into the Consolidation Phase, there is more emphasis on operational implementation, improving forecasts, and tailoring services to user needs.  Building on special sessions we have organized over the last two years, this year we encourage presentations to share examples and experiences with tailoring WWIC information and services to address particular user needs from a range of sectors, including but not limited to:

  • subsistence hunting and harvesting
  • fisheries
  • shipping
  • tourism
  • aviation
  • education
  • search and rescue
  • research operations
  • government operations