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Third session



Submitted by: M. Drinkwater

Date: 18.I.2012


framework reports on progress and advances - Observations

Satellite element of polar observing system - task plan



Satellite Element Polar Observing Task Plan and to appraise EC-PORS of progress made by the Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) at its first meeting. It continues from previous elements of the task plan presented at EC-PORS2.


EC-PORS is requested to consider the plan attached, and the accompanying report from the first Polar Space Task Group Meeting provided as INF 13, and to:

  1. Note progress to date

  2. Provide additional guidance or input to PSTG direction

  3. Approve PSTG ToR (INF 13. Appendix 3)


  1. INF. 13 “Polar Space Task Group Report”


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4. 1 framework reports on progress and advances - observations

4.1.1 Satellite element OF polar observing SYSTEM task plan

The current, updated satellite polar observing task plan is provided below. This will form the framework for discussion at the EC-PORS meeting in connection with the Polar Space Task Group Report.

^ Task; Observational Framework

Subtask; Satellite Element of Polar Observing System and links to Global Cryosphere Watch

Lead or co-Leads

Lead: Mark Drinkwater –

Co-Leads: Jeff Key, Jim Abraham, Mike Manore


Global Cryosphere, including both poles (and atmosphere, ocean and terrestrial processes)

Task # 4

Co-host “Workshop on Integrated Applications for the Arctic” at Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, 12th March 2012.


To address some of the challenges that the Arctic presents, a workshop is being organised by the Centre for Polar Activities (Polar DTU) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To identify operational user needs in the Arctic region.

  • To showcase relevant space applications.

  • To stimulate ideas for activities leading to future operational services in the Arctic.

The workshop will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to influence the development of future services in the Arctic, and to learn about potential funding for establishing such services.

Output: Report on service needs, and announcement of ESA opportunities for service development based on integrated data use.

Task # 5

Hold Workshop on polar lows in Oslo, Norway, 2012,

Norwegian Meteorological Institute in cooperation with ESA and The European Polar low working Group

Event dates: Monday 21st May 2012 - Tuesday 22nd May 2012

Venue: CIENS Resource Centre, Oslo, Norway

The fourth International Polar Year (IPY) of 2008-2009 initiated an enhanced activity on climate and weather research in the polar regions. A cluster of international project named IPY-THORPEX was formed to focus research on challenges related to forecasting of adverse weather in the polar regions. One of the Norwegian contributions to the cluster was a three week field campaign at Andøy in Norther Norway, where a research aircraft was stationed during the campaign. The main focus of the campaign was to obtain observations of polar lows. One achievement was to capture a polar lows development during three stages on 3-4 March 2008 with drop-sondes and Lidar observations.

The workshop aims at bringing together scientists and weather forecasters to present the results of the recent activity on polar low research, to share new knowledge and to encourage discussions on improved forecasting and understanding of polar lows.


Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 February 2012


Task # 6

Present Polar Space Task Group coordination activities at IPY Symposium “from Knowledge to Action” in Montreal in April 2012, in session 1.5.2 (observing networks and remote sensing).

Participation in Discussion Session as CEOS/PSTG representative: to stimulate new discussions of the concept for a long-term polar international cooperative initiative as presented by the representatives of the Consultative Process, with a view to strengthen coordination, cooperation and planning of long-term efforts to improve polar observations, research and services.

Task # 7

Convene second meeting of Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) with the goal of to consolidate the strategic priorities and tasks for PSTG, and to identify coordination activities and tasks in relation to new satellite acquisition plans or products. Meeting to be held in May-June 2012 timeframe to capitalise on EC-PORS3 meeting and subsequent discussions at IPY Open Science Symposium.

Task # 8

Input: Global Cryosphere Watch Implementation Plan

PSTG to help identify satellite products in support of GCW pilot projects and services.


Non-Governmental Organisations: Polar Space Task Group, WCRP CliC, SCAR, CEOS, CGMS, ET-SAT.

Potential Partners: Sustained Arctic Observing Network (SAON), Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS), Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)

EC-PORS Research Framework, and Products and Services and Products Framework Teams, respectively

Desired outcome

Consolidated user requirements for basis operational datasets for service development, and research datasets to stimulate development of potential new products.

EC-PORS ratification of PSTG Terms of Reference.


Per interim, and until GCW pilot projects are defined, the PSTG to identify areas of strategic interest, along with their relevant products, and potential new satellite products to support of GCW pilot projects and services.

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