KEPLER at IICWG-DA

KEPLER participated in the IICWG-DA joint workshop held in Bremen, Germany, with the International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG), the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)), and GODAE Oceanview (GOV.).

KEPLER activities included:

A presentation by Nick Hughes (METNO) providing an overview of the KEPLER project. Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness, 

Quantitative Network Design Analyses of Observational Scenarios within KEPLER, Thomas Kaminski (iLAB)

KEPLER Questionnaire, Helge Goessling (AWI), Steffen Tietsche (AWI)

Source: Alfred Wegener Institut 2019

You can find more information about this event via the Alfred Wegener Institut website here.

KEPLER Newsletter

The first issue of the KEPLER newsletter for Spring/Summer 2019 is available to view here. To receive the latest news and events from KEPLER sign up to our mailing list by clicking the image below. 

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Arctic Shipping Forum

Our project partners from England, Norway and Finland represented KEPLER & the EU Arctic Cluster at the the 15th annual Arctic Shipping Forum in Helsinki. 

Participants at ASF were welcomed to find out more about the project at the KEPLER booth and Penny Wagner (METNo), Sea Ice Researcher and KEPLER work package leader, presented an interactive discussion panel asking ‘How can collaboration be implemented to improve Maritime domain awareness?’

KEPLER ASF 2019

As user needs are at the centre of the KEPLER project, our focus for this event was to open up a direct dialogue with the maritime community- seeking end user requirements for sea ice and forecasting needs.

Four key questions were on display during the event;

  1. What would be the most useful sea ice and icebergs parameter to have, that is currently unavailable to you?
  2. What do you see as the status of Arctic shipping in 10 years? I.e. new routes, timeline of shipping season, regulatory requirements, weather and ice information needs… etc.
  3. Low spatial resolution hemispheric coverage or high spatial resolution regional coverage. Which is more useful to you and when?
  4. Do you use forecasts? If so, what time range of sea ice forecasts are useful to you?

If you would like to participate and answer the questions above, you can also submit your feedback here: Submit Maritime Feedback

This feedback will be combined with stakeholder responses from various activities  carried out over the life of the project, and will help inform the recommendations we make to Copernicus for polar region monitoring.

KEPLER

KEPLER is a multi-partner initiative, built around the operational European Ice Services and Copernicus information providers, to prepare a roadmap for Copernicus to deliver an improved European capacity for monitoring and forecasting the Polar Regions.
Our motivation is to put the public and stakeholders at the centre of Copernicus. This follows the recommendations of the ‘Copernicus User Uptake’ review, and its 4 themes of:

  1. Raising awareness for the Copernicus programme,
  2. Informing and educating Copernicus users,
  3. Engaging Copernicus users in public and private sector, and
  4. Enabling access to Copernicus data and information.

These well tailored themes form the core components of KEPLER. However, as the Polar Regions are changing, so too are the challenges and opportunities. Because of these shifts we have included two additional themes that encompass the evolving needs. These are needed to provide opportunities for better understanding the environment, research opportunities, establishing new industry sectors and startups, and importantly empowering citizens:

  1. Identification of research gaps regarding integration/assimilation, and
  2. Improved sea-ice mapping and forecasting.

Through these 6 themes KEPLER aims to release the full potential of Polar Regions Earth Observation, including from ESA and EUMETSAT, by identifying and eliminating the barriers that impede the use of the tremendous resource that is Copernicus. This
combines 2 key elements of the call:

a) bringing together key European stakeholders and competent entities, and
b) growing the Copernicus brand and user-base through providing enhanced scientific and technical support.

Our objective with KEPLER is to provide a mechanism that enables the broad range of Polar Regions stakeholders to be equipped with the most accurate and relevant  environmental information so that they can seize the many benefits that Copernicus products generate for society and economy.

Community-Based Observing and Societal Needs report

The report (D1.2) from SnowChange on Community-Based Observing and Societal Needs is now available to download from their webiste:

http://www.snowchange.org/pages/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/280419-EU-Project-Kepler.pdf

The purpose of this report is to review the stakeholder needs and community-based observations for the EU project KEPLER. It focussed on the remote sensing needs of the local and Indigenous communities of NW Russia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The approach includes a discussion of cryospheric hazards and traditional weather observation and prediction materials from the Sámi communities. It has been produced to capture the results of the WP1 of the Kepler project. The science lead for the report has been Tero Mustonen from Snowchange Co-op. The purpose of this report is to review the stakeholder needs and community-based observations for the EU project KEPLER. It focussed on the remote sensing needs of the local and Indigenous communities of NW Russia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The approach includes a discussion of cryospheric hazards and traditional weather observation and prediction materials from the Sámi communities. It has been produced to capture the results of the WP 1 of the Kepler project.

KEPLER launches

The KEPLER project starts on the 1st January 2019. More content to follow!