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