SALIENSEAS will conduct in-depth social science research in relevant end-user practices, disseminate forecast products to end-users of climate information, and develop a more participatory, flexible and tailored approach to developing forecast products. Moreover, Arctic sub-seasonal and seasonal prediction capabilities and climate projections in the Arctic will be systematically exploited, in order to establish baseline expectations for predictive power and to guide advances in predictive capability. The SALIENSEAS project brings together a strong consortium of international research institutes, whereby high-level experts on Arctic socio-economic sectors and governance processes, weather and climate prediction, and data dissemination will work in line with stakeholder representatives. The developed tailored forecast products will be merged into Norway’s and Denmark’s met-ocean and sea-ice forecasting infrastructures and maintained and developed beyond the lifetime of this project.
SALIENSEAS represents a Netherlands-led contribution during the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) and a flag-ship project for the Polar Prediction Projects Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA) working group. The Polar Prediction Project (PPP) was conceived and initiated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2012 through its World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) in response to some trends observed in the Antarctic and Arctic regions and related concerns about human or environmental safety. The primary goal of the PPP is to advance scientific knowledge such that society, both within and outside of Polar Regions, may benefit through applications of better weather information and improved services. Although realising this goal depends upon achieving an improved understanding, characterisation and modelling of atmospheric, oceanic, and land surface processes in Polar Regions, the PPP acknowledges in the first of its eight objectives the parallel need and challenge to translate scientific success into societal value.
Meeting the challenge to ensure societal value from scientific efforts demands the application of social and interdisciplinary science to better understand weather, ice and climate-related decision-making and communication processes that underpin actions. It also requires improved methods to evaluate impact and to measure social and economic value across a wide spectrum of potential users across a range of cultural, social, political, economic and geographic contexts. Towards these ends, the PPP established a special committee of social and interdisciplinary researchers and service practitioners in 2015. This initiative led to the official establishment of the Polar Prediction Projects Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA) working group, in which Machiel Lamers acts as a co-chair.