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Due to the increasing concerns with regard to the weather and climate of the Polar Regions, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has established a ten-year Polar Prediction Project (PPP) under the auspices of the WMO World Weather Research Programme (WWRP).
One of the main PPP activities will be the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) in order to enable a significant improvement in the environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions, and beyond. The core period of YOPP will entail intensive observation and modelling campaigns in both the Arctic and Antarctic scheduled from mid-2017 to mid-2019.

Three Special Observing Periods (SOPs) are planned:
· 1 Feb – 31 Mar 2018 in the Arctic,
· 1 Jul – 30 Sep 2018 in the Arctic and
· 16 Nov 2018 to 15 Feb 2019 in the Antarctic.

For further details please visit the website of the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction: http://polarprediction.net.