The KEPLER Project Review was completed in August 2020 and the EC review report has been distributed to work package leaders. We are now working on implementing the report recommendations and expert opinions.
We have received positive feedback and constructive advice for going forward with the project:
‘There looks to be good cohesion between the work packages in KEPLER with partners working together well on cross-WP, interdisciplinary activities.’
Alongside the review report, KEPLER has applied for an amendment to the project to extend the overall project length to 30 months. This 3 months extension will permit further work on deliverables and events disrupted by COVID-19. This amendment also includes the addition of a new milestone-
Milestone 27 (M5.4) Key draft outputs for Deliverable 5.2. Roadmap for end-to-end operational system for monitoring and forecasting the Arctic – creation of presentation slides for stakeholder use.
These are not yet finalised until the amendment has been submitted and approved. We will keep you posted. Any other changes required please contact the relevant WP leader in the first instance.
We have uploaded our submitted deliverables which you can download from
Some deliverables were not intended to be publicly available, however we have uploaded a good number of these. If you have questions about the others (if there is no link then they’re submitted to the EC but not uploaded here) then please contact us
We had to cancel/postpone our open town-hall meeting at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ASSW is the premier Arctic science event organised by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and it runs every year. Being both a political and science based meeting it is the ideal platform to perform two-way dialogue with key stakeholders, and thus will reschedule for ASSW2021.
We also planned to run a community workshop at the 5th Arctic Observing summit (AOS) held during ASSW. This workshop would bring together nationally and internationally recognised Earth Observation and in-situ monitoring Arctic experts, with an aim to strengthen the calibration and validation of remotely sensed products, and forecast model data assimilation within Copernicus.
Our submitted abstract is available to view here, we hope to follow this up next year.
Photo: Thea Schneider (University of Potsdam)
KEPLER participated to the YOPP Science workshop, held at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, 17th-18th February 2020.
Frank Kauker, work package 5 leader, presented the work undertaken so far towards deliverable 3.4- The final report on research gaps in terms of integration/assimilation of space-based and in situ observations to fill in order to improve Polar Regions monitoring and forecasting capabilities.
Click the link below to read more about this workshop at the Polar Prediction Project website
Nick Hughes from Norway’s ice service, with the poster for @arcticfrontiers presenting a summary of current development activities in @KeplerEU, @ExtremeEarth_EU, @ARCSARNETWORK, @CIRFA_SFI, and @IceWatchASSIST@CSEOLab IceWatchApp
KEPLER at Arctic Frontiers 2020, 26-30 January, Tromso, Norway
We would like to invite all to our interactive side event @arcticfrontiers 2020 “Evolving the @CopernicusEU programme for the Polar Regions”. We will be streaming live from the meeting in #Tromsø, #Norway
29 January 18:15-19:15 CET. More info and registration at https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/614/sents/
KEPLER held a General Assembly meeting @ICMCSIC in #Barcelona with overviews of our progress in the past 11 months and introductions to other @EU_H2020 #polar projects @IntarosProject, @ExtremeEarth_EU and @ARCSARnetwork. This meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss progress in each work package and the status of @CMEMS_EU and @CopernicusLand, and make plans for upcoming project work over the next year.
KEPLER Mid term meeting, 25-28 November 2019, ICM CSIC Barcelona, Spain.
Join us at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik for an EU Polar cluster session:
17:00-18:30, Friday 11th October 2019
The Arctic Circle Assembly 2019 Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavik. October 10-13, 2019.
User-relevant forecasts with sea-ice models
Work Package 4 leader, Steffen Tietsch, gave a keynote presentation in September at the workshop “The future of sea-ice modelling”, funded by IS-ENES3 and held in Iceland.
Presenting “User-relevant forecasts with sea-ice models” provided the opportunity to introduce the KEPLER project and present outcomes and share lessons learnt.
Kepler at the IS-ENES3 workshop, 24-26 September, Laugarvatn, Iceland
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.
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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?’
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;
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 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:
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:
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.