About The IcePod

The IcePod is produced by Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto from the International Coordination Office of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). The IcePod is the official YOPP Podcast and will feature people involved in MOSAiC, the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate.

In this page you can read about Kirstin and Sara, and know more about the two projects featured in the podcast!

Kirstin Werner

Director of the International Coordination Office of the Polar Prediction Project

Kirstin has worked as a freelance journalist and in the media departments of the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. During her PhD and postdocs at GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (Boulder, Colorado, USA), and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (Columbus, Ohio, USA), she studied high-resolution sediment cores from the eastern Fram Strait in order to understand the variability of heat transfer to the Arctic Ocean and corresponding changes in the sea-ice extent during the past ca 12,000 years. In 2017, Kirstin completed her on-the-job master studies in Science Marketing at the Technical University Berlin with a study on internal and external communication in the Polar Prediction Project.

Picture credits: Martina Buchholz (AWI)

Sara Pasqualetto

International Coordination Office of the Polar Prediction Project

Sara studied Political Science and International Relations in Italy and Germany and has worked in the advocacy and outreach sections of international organizations like UNICEF and the Coalition for the ICC. Following her interest in climate change and prediction, she is now involved in the communication and management activities of the Polar Prediction Project as well as in the H2020 project APPLICATE and the Helmholtz Association funded ESM project.

The Year of Polar Prediction

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is the flagship activity of Polar Prediction Project, a 10-year (2013–2022) endeavour of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) with the aim of promoting cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hours to seasonal. YOPP strives to enable a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities.

Find more information on polarprediction.net and for more info drop an email at office@polarprediction.net


MOSAiC is the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. The project with a total budget exceeding 140 Million € has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions, led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved in this exceptional endeavour.

You can learn more about the expedition by browsing the MOSAiC website.

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