WCRP/SPARC workshop: “Challenges for Climate Science – Synergies between SPARC and the WCRP Grand Challenges

Harnack House, Berlin, Germany
Monday, 31 October 2016, 1pm to Tuesday, 1 November 2016, noon

Motivation and goals

In recent years the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has identified several Grand Science Challenges (http://www.wcrp-climate.org/grand-challenges) representing areas of emphasis in scientific research for WCRP in the coming decade. Progress in these areas should lead to “actionable information” for decision makers. More broadly, WCRP supports climate science via its Core Projects, among them the SPARC project on “Stratosphere-troposphere processes and their role in climate” .

Held back-to-back with the annual meeting of the SPARC scientific steering group, this workshop tries to bring together scientists active in Grand Challenge research, in different SPARC activities, and scientists that so far have had fewer links to WCRP.

The workshop has the following aims:

  1. To discuss the state of the science in the areas of Grand Challenges and SPARC themes;
  2. To define improved collaborations between SPARC and the Grand Challenges;
  3. To discuss the role of SPARC and Grand Challenges in WCRP priorities.


We call for scientific contributions related to

  • the Grand Challenges on “Clouds, circulation & climate sensitivity”, “Climate extremes”, “Near-term predictability”, and “Carbon feedbacks in the climate system”,


  • the SPARC themes “Atmospheric dynamics and predictability”, “Chemistry and climate”, and “Long-term records for climate understanding”.

Please submit a short abstract (max half a page, pdf or word format) by 30 September 2016 by email to hauke.schmidt@mpimet.mpg.de.

Most contributions will be presented in poster format.

Meeting agenda and abstracts

Please download the meeting agenda and abstracts here.

Confirmed invited speakers

Guy Brasseur, Andrew Charlton-Perez, Bill Collins, Dim Coumou, George Craig, Daniela Domeisen, Hella Garny, Corinna Hoose, Wolfgang Müller, Olivia Romppainen, Gabriele Stiller, Susann Tegtmeier, Claudia Timmreck, Ted Shepherd


Registration is now closed. Thank you.


The workshop will be held at the “Harnack House”, Ihnestrasse 16-20, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

For directions, see http://www.harnackhaus-berlin.mpg.de/11090/Directions.


A limited number of rooms is available at the Harnack House. Prices start at 70.75 EUR for single and 104.50 EUR for double occupation including breakfast.

For room reservations please contact info@harnackhaus-berlin.mpg.de with reference to the booking code “MPI2427” by 19 September 2016.

Berlin also offers a range of other accommodation options.
In walking distance you can find, for example, the Seminaris Campus Hotel Berlin.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Scientific Organizing Committee:

Neil Harris, Katja Matthes, Judith Perlwitz,
Hauke Schmidt (hauke.schmidt@mpimet.mpg.de), and
Fiona Tummon (fiona.tummon@env.ethz.ch)

Registration conditions and cancellation policy:

  1. The registration deadline is 25 October, 13:00 CET.
  2. Registrations must be accompanied by a payment by credit card.
  3. Registration fees will only be refunded if the notice of cancellation is received by Copernicus Meetings before 7 October 2016. The cancellation fee is 50% of the total amount.
  4. Any claims must be received by Copernicus Meetings not later than two weeks after the last day of the workshop/meeting. Any later requests cannot be handled.