27th SPARC SSG Meeting 2019

27th SPARC SSG meeting

4-6 December 2019
Boulder, CO, USA

Meeting agenda
Preparatory Documents
Travel Information
Visa requirements
Local Information

Meeting Agenda

A preliminary agenda will be uploaded prior to the meeting.


Registration os closed. If you want to participate int he meeting, or need a reminder of the password to the restricted access page, please contact the SPARC Office at .

Preparatory Documents

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Activity reports

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Meeting Presentations

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Travel information

Venue: Mesa Lab, NCAR

Mesa Lab Address: 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Phone: 303-497-1000

Current conditions at the Mesa Lab: https://archive.eol.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/weather.cgi?site=ml

Directions and additional information: https://www.ucar.edu/who-we-are/contact-us

Remember that Boulder is at 5400 ft (1624 meters), and the Mesa Lab is at 6184 ft (1885 meters). When coming from sea level, it is important to stay hydrated! If you go hiking in the mountains, be cognizant of altitude sickness.


There are a number of hotels located in Downtown Boulder. A special deal is offered to participants of the SPARC meeting by the Best Western Plus Hotel on 770 28th Street Boulder, Colorado 80303 United States. Please find details for booking in the password-restricted webpage, or contact the SPARC office for details.

Other recommended hotels (without special offers):

Hilton Garden Inn and the Hilton Embassy Suites which are both new hotels located in central Boulder:



There is also a Residence Inn and a Boulder Marriott across the street from these hotels.



It is about 10-15 minute drive from these hotels to the NCAR Mesa Laboratory location.  Depending on availability, the government rate is $159.00.

Also, here is a link to the Boulder convention bureau website for other hotel possibilities https://www.bouldercoloradousa.com/hotels/


We are currently checking options for transport to the Mesa lab.

Ground Transportation from/to Denver International Airport

GreenRide Boulder: Our outbound Shuttles from DIA load on Level 5 (Main Level/ Baggage Claim Level) between Doors 507 and 509, Island 5, beneath the “Special Permit” signs. This is on the East (BLUE) side of the Terminal. Door 507 is next to baggage carousel #3. If you have a confirmed reservation, you may proceed directly to our loading area.
We encourage reservations for our outbound service. Please arrive at our boarding area at 25 minutes after the hour to prepare for boarding. The GRB shuttle departs hourly at 35 minutes after the hour. We have a booth located inside the Terminal on the Level 5 to provide walk-up ticketing or assist you in any capacity.
Reservation Link – http://greenrideco3.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=NCARUCAR&LOGON=GO

Additional information regarding ground transportation may be found at the following web sites:


Visa requirements

Please find information on Visa requirements and applications at: https://www.usa.gov/enter-us

Local Information


Boulder is nestled in the foothills, where the rolling plains meet the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Centrally located near Denver, Denver International Airport, Eldora Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park. Downtown Denver is just 35 minutes away.  A few hours from many of Colorado’s world-famous ski resorts, making Boulder the ideal Colorado destination.


6,184 feet at the Mesa Lab (Denver is 5,280 feet)


Four distinct seasons and over 300 sunny days a year.

Average temperature highs/lows:

  • Spring (March-May) — 63/35 F
  • Summer (June-August) — 83/55 F
  • Fall (September-October) — 72/45 F
  • Winter (November-February) — 45/23 F


Boulder’s time zone in December is Mountain Time (MST).