KEPLER Online Round Table

The KEPLER project is seeking feedback from those working with offshore and coastal engineering in Polar Regions.

The project has prepared a number of recommendations as to how the European Copernicus programme can evolve to better serve the needs of users in the Polar Regions, and the purpose of this questionnaire is to find out whether you think that these are appropriate for your use cases, or whether they require further work.

The KEPLER Online round table: Engineering & Researcher information requirements consists of a short pre recorded video by Nick Hughes- (Project Coordinator and Ice Services leader at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute) and ten questions.

Please provide your feedback here:

Participate in the KEPLER Online Round Table- Engineering & Researcher Information Requirements


Monday 21st June 2021

09:00 – 15:30 BST


Please could you register using the link below. Once registered, we will send you the joining instructions.

KEPLER Final GA – Registration

Version 3 of the programme is available to view now, we have structured this to include plenty of discussion time/breaks. Please note that timings and speakers may change.

All welcome.

KEPLER Workshop – Maritime and Research sector needs

KEPLER are hosting an online workshop on Maritime and Research Sector Needs as part of our work to develop a roadmap for further development of the European Copernicus Earth Observing programme specific to the Polar Regions.

In this workshop we will present our recommendations, and ask for feedback, with a focus on the maritime and research communities. This is an open workshop- we welcome you to join us!

Wednesday 19th May 2021 (13:30- 17:00CET) (12:30- 16:00 BST)

Please Register here for the event.

The full agenda is available to view here:

KEPLER Workshop – Maritime and Research sector needs

NB timings in CEST

Identification of research and capacity gaps

The additional deliverable: D3.5: Executive summary of identification of research and capacity gaps- is now available to view.

This report consists of 6 parts: Objectives of WP3, Executive Summary of Task 3.1, Executive Summary of Task 3.2, Executive Summary of Task 3.3, Executive Summary of Task 3.4 and Conclusions and Recommendations from Work Package 3.

Click the button below to find links to all available KEPLER deliverables:

PEG-3 report

The New Copernicus Polar Expert Group report has been published. The latest report – ‘User Requirements for a Copernicus Polar Observing System– Phase 3 Report – Towards Operational Products and Services’ – references the ongoing work within KEPLER, and is now available to view and download via the Copernicus website, along with previous reports.



The KEPLER newsletter, covering all our updates from this Spring is available to view now! 🌞

Links to our past editions can be found here

KEPLER Workshop @ ASSW2021

The agenda for KEPLER’s ASSW workshop:

‘Enhancing Copernicus 2.0 information products through optimised usage of in-situ data’

Is now available to view here: ASSW KEPLER workshop v.03

ASSW participants, join us on: Saturday 20th March, 15:30-18:30 GMT

This Community Workshop brings together nationally and internationally recognised Earth Observation and in-situ monitoring Arctic experts, an aims to identify how we can better coordinate, integrate, and share in-situ observational data in order to enhance the products offered by the Copernicus Services.

For more details and to register click here: ASSW2021: Detailed Programme


The KEPLER project will participate in this years’ Arctic Science Summit Week virtually!

We are hosting a community workshop on Saturday 20th March, 15:30-18:30 GMT

‘Enhancing Copernicus 2.0 information products through optimised usage of in-situ data’

This Community Workshop brings together nationally and internationally recognised Earth Observation and in-situ monitoring Arctic experts, an aims to identify how we can better coordinate, integrate, and share in-situ observational data in order to enhance the products offered by the Copernicus Services.

For more details click here: ASSW2021: Detailed Programme

***An agenda for this event will be released later this week***

KEPLER Amendment

KEPLER has received confirmation that the project amendment has been approved by the European Commission. This will will permit further work on deliverables and events disrupted by COVID-19. We are now scheduled to complete the project in June 2021, extending our total project time to 30 months.

Included in the KEPLER project amendment is the addition of an extra milestone:
M27 (M5.4) Key draft outputs for D5.2 Roadmap for end-to-end operational system for monitoring and forecasting the Arctic – Presentation slides for stakeholder use- outlining key draft outputs for deliverable D5.2

We have also identified the need for an extra deliverable to WP3:
D3.5: Executive summary of identification of research and capacity gaps- drawing together data from all WP3 deliverables into one report.

Over 80% of the KEPLER project milestones and deliverables have now been delivered! (pending approval.)

KEPLER ECR workshop

KEPLERs online workshop for students and early career researchers was being held 17-18th February 2021.

Both days 1 & 2 of the KEPLER online ECR workshop are now completed and recorded, together with the training sessions in Python libraries and QGIS visualization.
Thank you to all those involved in the organisation of this workshop, and those who have participated.

Group picture of the participants at the end of workshop

Below you will find links to the recordings from both days;
Day 1
Day 2

ECR Training sessions:
Training session in Jupyter Notebooks
Training session in QGIS

The full agenda is available to view below:

This online workshop was open for students and Early Career Researchers within Earth Observation and who use data from Polar Regions.




We are pleased to announce that we will host a KEPLER online workshop for students and early career scientists 17-18th February.This online workshop is open for students and early career scientists within Earth Observation and who use data from Polar Regions. We will have social networking sessions, student presentations, and training sessions. Get the chance to meet KEPLER representatives and from
EU Copernicus Services.

Click here for REGISTRATION

COPERNICUS Marine Service Training Workshop for the Arctic Ocean

Both Rounds 1 & 2 of the Copernicus Marine Service Training workshop for the Arctic Ocean are now complete, with the debriefing session due to be held tomorrow morning at 09:30 UTC+1

Thankyou to all those involved in the organisation of this workshop, and those who have participated so far. The webinar session in Round 1 was recorded and available to view below:


KEPLER Survey – Early Career scientist workshop

We are pleased to announce that KEPLER is planning to host an Early Career Scientist Online Workshop for students and early career scientist in tentatively Mid-February 2021. To help us out forming the workshop and chose the topics, we would be grateful if you took the time to fill out this survey.

The full agenda and registration will be sent out in Mid-January 2021.
Please share the news with your students and early career scientists.



Mercator Ocean internationalNoveltis and KEPLER are organizing the Copernicus Marine Service Online Training Workshop dedicated to the Arctic Ocean on December 01 2020 – 9:30 am UTC+1.

The online Copernicus Marine Training sessions have been designed to train existing as well as new Copernicus Marine Service users. The audience will learn about the use of the Copernicus Marine Service products and services and their possible applications.

The acquisition of knowledge during the workshop will allow the public to

Copernicus marine products are open-access and free for all to use.

The agenda is available to view here  and registration is now open. Click here for further information.

Recommendations for Improved Sea Ice ECV records

The KEPLER team have successfully submitted Deliverable 4.2 to the European Commission for approval.

This public report is a key outcome of the KEPLER project and specifically investigates the Sea Ice Essential Climate Variable (ECV), focusing on Climate Data Records (CDRs) and Climate information for the sea-ice Essential Climate Variable (ECV). It is noteworthy that D4.2 builds upon the Stakeholders and Users Requirements collected in WP1, the inventory of the CMEMS multi-year products (both reanalysis and satellite-based products), and the gaps identified there.

This report covers several aspects, such as:

  1. Introduce the WMO GCOS ECVs, and the Sea Ice ECV in particular.
  2. Report on the current implementation of the Sea Ice ECV in Europe.
  3. Outline ways to better serve the Sea Ice ECV from Europe (recommendations)- including consultation of the community of sea ice climate data-records producers.

Read the report below

Recommendations for improved sea ice ECV records *pending approval*

Lead Author: Thomas Lavergne (Met Norway)

Contributing Authors: Steffen Tietsche (ECMWF), Helge Goessling (AWI), Laurent Bertino (NERSC) and Gilles Garric (Mercator Ocean International.)

*Please note this document is pending approval from the EC

KEPLER Newsletter Summer 2020

Catch up on all the latest news from the KEPLER project in our  Summer 2020 newsletter. In this edition we cover the KEPLER review report, amendment request, events including YOPP 2020, KEPLER’s Mid Term Review meeting & Arctic Frontiers 2020. 
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KEPLER Review Report

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.

Deliverables available for download

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

kepler @ ASSW/aos

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.

YOPP Science Workshop 2020

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

Ole Jakob Hegelund from @Meteorologisk@Istjenesten presenting WP1 user requirements for an improved @CopernicusEU to monitor the #polar regions @arcticfrontiers

Thank you to all those who joined us on Tuesday for KEPLER’s interactive live streamed side event- “Evolving the @CopernicusEU programme for the Polar Regions” #Tromsø, #Norway

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


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.

Arctic Circle 2019

Join us at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik for an EU Polar cluster session:

“Breaking the ice: Cooperation for safe and responsible exploitation of Arctic sea routes”

17:00-18:30, Friday 11th October 2019

Organised by the EU Polar Cluster members ARICEKEPLERARCSAR, with ExtremeEarth. Full details on this side session are available to view here:


The Arctic Circle Assembly 2019 Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavik. October 10-13, 2019.

IS-ENES3 workshop

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.

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. 

If you would like to get involved by sending us information about your KEPLER event, or submit an article, please get in touch via email:

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?’


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 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.

KEPLER video