ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2020

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

KEPLER @ ARCTIC FRONTIERS

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/

MID TERM MEETING BARCELONA

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:

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

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. 

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: emmarm@bas.ac.uk

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.