JP 2 - POLAR OCEANOGRAPHY AND METEOROLOGY (IAPSO, IAMAS)

Convenors - Thomas Haine, Thomas Lachlan-Cope
Co-convenors - Sebastiaan Swart, Jennifer Jackson, John Fyfe, Amelie Kirchgaessner, Sarah Fawcett, Marcello Vichi, Timo Vihma

Polar processes in the ocean and atmosphere shape, and respond to, climate dynamics at low and middle latitudes. Some of these processes are unique to the Arctic and Antarctic, in particular those involving sea ice and its mediation of air/sea exchange. High latitudes are also places of exacerbated environmental change, such as Arctic amplification of global warming, Antarctic stratospheric ozone depletion, the poleward migration of mid-latitude species, and the complex impacts of ocean acidification. Despite the changes occurring in the high latitudes, these regions remain a difficult place to study due to extreme weather and remote locations. Recent progress has been made in observing and understanding new aspects of the polar climate system.

This session invites contributions that address natural and anthropogenic polar variability, the coupling between ocean, ice, and atmosphere, and the two-way interactions between the polar regions and the rest of the planet. Studies of physical and biogeochemical processes are welcome. The session will bring together observers, modelers, and theorists to report latest research on the oceanography and meteorology of the polar and subpolar regions.