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Introduction to the 16th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography

Dear 16Polar Participants,

Welcome to the virtual 16th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography! This Conference is the inaugural and hopefully final fully virtual conference. 

While we realize nothing can replace face-to-face interactions, we will do the best we can to make this Conference as interactive as possible. We have planned short discussion periods in each oral session, and we encourage you to participate in the interactive poster and networking sessions. Be prepared to unmute your microphone and turn on your video to talk with your fellow 16Polar attendees!

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees, all of whom are essential for creating a dynamic, engaging virtual conference. The Conference will heavily feature the future leaders of our field – students and Early Career scientists – and your engagement in the Conference is particularly important as these scientists present their work and foster new collaborations, both of which are essential for launching their careers.

Thanks to everyone who has worked to make this conference possible. The Polar Meteorology and Oceanography committee members were essential for helping shape the format of this meeting. The knowledgeable and friendly AMS staff, in the forefront Cati Iannarilli and Claudia Gorski, provided immeasurable help with the many organizational things behind the scenes necessary to make the Conference happen, especially during a year of extreme challenges. This Conference would not have been possible without these people.

We are planning an in-person conference in early August 2022. We would love to see all of you in person, so stay tuned for details!

Cheers, 

Alice DuVivier, Mitch Bushuk, Patricia DeRepentigny, Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth – 16Polar Organizing Team

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