31th SPARC SSG Meeting 2023

17 – 19 July 2023
DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Meeting Agenda
Preparatory Documents
Travel Information
Visa requirements
Local Information

Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda as of 18 July 2023:

Day three: Wednesday, 19 July

09:00   Welcome
09:10   SPARC: new structure implementation
. Activity Collaboration Groups (20 min discussion each)
. Advisory/Coordination Panels (20 min discussion each)

11:25   Coffee break
11:40   New SPARC Science
. VSLS activity proposal
. New LTCF: Large-Ensemble Single-Forcing MIP

12:45   Lunch break
13:45   SPARC Business
. Office update (incl. Budget update, travel options, future SPARC meetings)
. re-branding

14:15   Brainstorming Session
14:45 Wrap-up

14:50   Coffee break
15:00   SSG closed Session (approx. 1 hour)


Day two: Tuesday, 18 July

09:00    Welcome
09:10    WCRP Lighthouses
. Safe Landing Climates
. My Climate Risk
. Explaining and Predicting Earth System Changes

. Digital Earths
10:25    Coffee break
10:45    Partner Projects
. CliC
. RiFS

12:00    Lunch break
13:00    Guided Tour: DLR Flight Operations (including HALO aircraft)
14:00    Guided Tour: German Space Operations Center (GSOC)
15:00    Partner projects (continued)
. Climate intervention

16:15    Coffee break
16:35    Space Agencies

17:35    Discussion & Wrap-up

19:00: Meeting Dinner 

Day one: Monday, 17 July

09:00   Welcome Session
. Welcome, Goals, and Agenda

10:00   WCRP update
10:30   LTCF: Hunga Tonga stratospheric impacts
11:00   Coffee break
11:15   Greetings from WCRP chair Detlef Stammer
11:30   Activity updates (15 min each)
12:15   Lunch break
13:15   Activity updates (15 min each)
15:15   Coffee break
15:25   Activity updates (15 min each)
. OCTAV-UTLS, ACAM, GravityWaves
16:40   Coffee break
16:50   Activity updates (15 min each)
18:45   Wrap-up


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    Travel information

    Venue: German Aerospace Center, DLR

    DLR Address: Muenchner Str. 20, 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Phone: +49 8153 28 1597

    The main gates of the DLR site is about a 10-15 min walk from the Courtyard hotel. You will have to check in there.

    S-Bahn Stop: Neugilching (S-bahn line 8 – yellow; Tarif Zone 2). ~ 20 min walk from there, or take bus

    Bus stop: Oberpaffenhofen, DLR (directly at front gate)
    (line 947 –> Weßling from S-Bahn Neugilching
    line 947 –> Weßling or X910 –> Weßling from Courtyard Hotel)

    Directions and additional information: Getting there (dlr.de)


    A limited amount of rooms with special rates is offered to participants of the SPARC SSG meeting by the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Oberpfaffenhofen on Friedrichshafener Straße 3a, 82205 Gilching, Germany.

    Please find details for booking in the password-restricted webpage, or contact the SPARC office for details.

    Other hotels relatively close to the venue (without special offers):


    Participants that were attending the IUGG in Berlin prior to the SSG Meeting can get to Munich via ICE train. This is a very conveniant direct conection, takes about four hours of travel and leaves every two hours from Berlin Central. Bookings can be made on the Deutsche Bahn website or ask the SPARC office for support.

    Since DLR is situated oudsite of Munich you need to take tha public transport to get there. Time tables and ticets can be checked onm the MVV-website or directly at the strations. To get to Oberpfaffenhofen or Wessling you need to take the S8 and get off at Neugilching (for DLR and the Courtyard Hotel).

    Visa requirements

    Visa requirements to enter Germany vary greatly between nationalities and it is therefore essential to check visa requirements before travelling. Visas must be obtained prior to arrival in the country and it is the responsibility of each participant to obtain the required entry visa to Germany. Please note that a Schengen visa is required, even for transiting through Schengen-zone European countries.

    Please find information on Visa requirements and applications at: Federal Republic of Germany – Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de)

    Local Information


    July is full summer in Munich. Not so great for the views of the Alps, but great for taking a swim in one of the lakes nearby. Temperatures range from 15 – 30 degrees Celcius (average about 24 degrees). Be prepared for the occational downpour from a summer-thunderstorm!


    Munich time zone is Central European Time (CET), which is UTC+2 in July.