The 15th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate July 29 - 31, 2020 — Hobart, Tasmania


Due to the international updates related to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 15th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate (WAMC) and the 5th Year of Polar Prediction in the Southern Hemisphere (YOPP-SH) meeting in Hobart, Tasmania from July 29-31, 2020. We would like to request those who planned on attending WAMC to send a status report, if they wish. These can be in the form of a short PowerPoint or as an extended abstract in the American Meteorological Society format. The reports can be sent to and so they can be displayed here on the WAMC 2020 page. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we look forward to reconvening in 2021.

General Information

Welcome to the 15th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate! The WAMC 2020 meeting will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia at the CSIRO auditorium, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia.


This workshop is organized annually by members of the WAMC Planning Committee across the globe. The WAMC brings together those with research and operational/logistical interests in Antarctic meteorology and forecasting and related disciplines. As in the past, the annual activities and status of the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC), Automatic Weather Station (AWS), and Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) efforts will be addressed, and feedback and results from their user communities will be solicited. More broadly, this workshop also is a forum for current results and ideas in Antarctic meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and weather forecasting, from contributors around the world. There will be discussions on the relationships among international efforts and Antarctic forecasting, logistical support, and science. We welcome presentations and workshop activities on these topics.


The SCAR Operational Meteorology in the Antarctic (Op Met) Expert Group will be holding a meeting during the SCAR Open Science Conference (likely Sunday August 1). Informal gathering and discussions of the Op Met group will take place during the WAMC.


For the fifth YOPP-SH meeting in Hobart, project investigators and representatives of national agencies active in Antarctica are invited to provide updates on their activities resulting from the YOPP Summer Special Observing Period (SOP) in the Southern Hemisphere, November 16, 2018-February 15, 2019. A winter SOP is scheduled for mid-April to mid-July 2021 and consists of Targeted Observing Periods (TOPs) for specific events rather than enhanced observations for the entire 3-month SOP. In addition, a limited number of regions will be selected for intensive study, including the greater Ross Sea. We want to identify concrete contributions to the SOP and scope out how TOP efforts could be coordinated including lead time, duration, and number of TOPs that realistically could be supported. Please come ready to discuss these matters.


Information on sessions on the Southern Ocean Research Programme (SORP) will posted here soon.


The Polar Prediction Project Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA) will organise an Antarctic Weather & Society Workshops as part of the YOPP Consolidation Phase to be held in conjunction with the WAMC and the SCAR Open Science Conference in Hobart. This full-day workshop will address the overarching research question “How do we ensure that society benefits through applications of better weather programs and information services in the Polar regions?” and aims to: Create dialogue between environmental forecasters, researchers and end-users from relevant projects and processes; Understand the role and relevance of environmental forecasting services in decision-making of diverse end-user groups operating in the Antarctic; Engage and learn from users and providers regarding on how best to tailor and co-produce WWIC services; and Assess the societal effects and implications of contributions made by PPP. The workshop will adopt an interactive World-Café format and will bring together key stakeholders involved in using or producing environmental forecasts for the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. If you are interested in getting involved, or have questions about this workshop, please email: Daniela Liggett at the University of Canterbury.

We invite you to explore this website, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Background image provided by Josh Landis / NSF