SPARC eNews 2015-05

Dear SPARC community,

Please find below the most recent SPARC eNews.

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SPARC News – May 2015


7 May 2015
SPARC Data Centre highlights the availability of radiosonde data
High resolution radiosonde data from US Radiosonde Replacement System (RRS) stations are now available directly from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Radiosonde data at 6-second resolution from US stations prior to RRS upgrade are still available from the SPARC Data Centre.

29 April 2015

Call for pre-proposals on climate predictability and inter-regional linkages
The 2015 International Opportunities Fund set up by Belmont Forum and JPI Climate will support medium-size research projects of 3-4 years duration and budget requirements of 1-3 million Euros. Pre-proposals are due by 1 June 2015.

1 April 2015
SPARC Annual Report 2014

The SPARC Annual Report 2014 gives you a brief overview of the activities, programmatic developments, and achievements of the SPARC project in 2014.

15 March 2015

Emerging SPARC activity: Solving the mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride
Led by Stefan Reimann (Empa, Switzerland), Paul Newman, and Qing Liang (both at NASA, USA), this new emerging SPARC activity will bring together science, industry, and technology experts to solve the mystery of large discrepancies in calculated emitted carbon tetrachloride, a major ozone depleting substance and GHG.

5 March 2015

New members on the SPARC Scientific Steering Group
A warm welcome to our new SSG members for 2015: Alexey Karpechko (Finland), Hauke Schmidt (Germany), and Tianjun Zhou (China). Meet the two SPARC Co-chairs and the 12 SSG members at:

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Upcoming SPARC meetings

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8-10 June 2015
Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Summer Monsoon (ACAM) Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand

20-23 July 2015
Composition and Transport in the Tropical Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere Meeting, Boulder CO, USA
Deadline for applications for support: 15 May 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: 22 May 2015

24-28 August 2015
SPARC Workshop on Storm Tracks, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 2015
Deadline for travel support application: 15 May 2015

5-6 October 2015
Workshop on Solving the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride, Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline for abstract submission: 27 July 2015

7-9 October 2015
IGAC/SPARC Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) 2015 Workshop, Rome, Italy
Deadline for abstract submission and travel requests: 15 July 2015
Deadline for registration: 1 September 2015

12-16 October 2015
S-RIP 2015 Workshop and SPARC Data Assimilation Workshop, Paris, France

9-13 November 2015
2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water and Life in the Universe, Foz da Iguacu, Parana, Brazil
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 May 2015


SPARC-related meetings

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15-26 June 2015

1st WCRP Summer School on Climate Model Development: Atmospheric Moist Processes, Hamburg, Germany

7-10 July 2015
Our Common Future under Climate Change, Paris, France
Deadline for early-bird registration: 10 May

26-31 July 2015
AGU Chapman Conference: The Width of the Tropics: Climate Variations and their Impacts, Santa Fe, NM, USA

15-17 September 2015
8th Atmospheric Limb Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden

4-9 October 2015
Training school on Convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring, and modelling, Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Deadline for grant application: 15 May 2015
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2015

13-16 October 2015
International Conference on Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction, Koblenz, Germany

20-23 October 2015
WCRP FP7 EMBRACE Workshop on CMIP5 Model Analysis and Scientific Plans for CMIP6, Dubrovnik, Croatia

5-15 April 2016
Polar Prediction School, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
Deadline for expression of interest: 15 May 2015


WCRP community meetings

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Science update

A selection of new science articles of interest to the SPARC community (a SPARC Office choice)

Discussion Papers – open for comment

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015


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