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The WMO Arctic Regional Climate Center (ArcRCC) and Pan Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF)

June 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm AKDT

Speaker: Renee Tatusko, NWS

Based on the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Regional Climate Center’s (RCCs) concept and as a legacy of the 2007-2008 International Polar Year, the Arctic Regional Climate Center (ArcRCC) network has been established.

The ArcRCC is a network of the Arctic national meteorological and ice services that is providing pan-Arctic seasonal temperature, precipitation, and sea ice products. The ArcRCC began a 2-year demonstration phase in May 2018. In support of the ArcRCC initiative, Pan-Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forums (PARCOFs) occur every May (a face-to-face meeting) and October (virtually). These forums allow for the national meteorological and ice services to meet and prepare the seasonal products in consultation with different Arctic user groups.

The PARCOFs produce seasonal summaries of the past season describing actual temperature, precipitation, and sea-ice details/trends; seasonal outlooks for the upcoming season for temperature, precipitation, and sea ice; and a Consensus Statement which reviews the trends in the historical monitoring data and explains the forecasts in a text format providing greater regional details, i.e., forecasted sea-ice freeze-up and break-up.

This presentation will provide an overview of the ArcRCC and the latest information from the Third PARCOF held in Rovaniemi, Finland, May 8-9.