Antarctica: Challenging Forecasts for a Challenging Environment features two educational pieces. The first is the overview giving the general audience a broad look at Antarctica including some history, interesting facts, real-life experiences, climate, and the challenges inherent to this frozen continent. The second is the main presentation where experts in Antarctic research and forecasting, share their knowledge of the continent. They discuss forecasting challenges as well as present and future research topics while providing elaborations on the uniqueness in Antarctica’s location, topography, and forecasting techniques as compared to other parts of the globe.
1. Give the general audience a basic understanding of the uniqueness of Antarctica.
2. Give prospective Antarctic forecasters or meteorology students an understanding of the challenges in forecasting weather in Antarctica.
3. Provide students an overview of the tools used to monitor and forecast Antarctica’s weather.
4. Describe the connection of Antarctica with the rest of the earth’s climate system and the research that seeks to discover how it influences that system.
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