SPARC eNews 2016-01

Dear SPARC community,

Please find below the most recent SPARC eNews.

The SPARC website is updated frequently, so feel free to check for the most recent news items regularly. If you wish to have anything posted in the news section on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

SPARC eNews – January 2016

28 January 2016
SPARC Implementation Plan 2016-2020
Historically SPARC concentrated on the role of the stratosphere in climate, but now includes foci throughout the atmosphere in recognition of the latest research, which clearly calls for a “whole atmosphere” approach. The new SPARC implementation plan 2016-2020 is organised around three refined scientific themes and a number of current and future activities of which many reflect the more regional focus and interdisciplinary nature of SPARC research.

28 January 2016
SPARC Capacity Development Strategy
Capacity development has been a focus of SPARC since its inception. This has included support of attendance of early career researchers and scientists from developing countries to workshops and meetings, dedicated training activities, or data provision services. In developing the SPARC capacity development strategy, we have consulted and discussed with the community on various occasions. The SPARC Capacity Development Strategy is the culmination of developments to date and outlines a strategy for SPARC capacity development, with concrete goals and actions, providing a more structured approach with measurable outcomes.

27 January 2016
Call for abstracts: Quadrennial Ozone Symposium
Abstract submission closes on 1 March for this symposium which will take place from 4-9 September 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

26 January 2016
Pre-registration open: Summer school on Advanced Programming Techniques for Earth System Science
The intention of the ISSOAS-2016 summer school is to provide the basis for the effective exploitation of increasingly available High Performance Computing (HPC) resources in the field of Earth System Science. The summer school will take place from 28 August – 2 September 2016 at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy. Pre-registration closes on 29 February 2016.

21 January 2016
SPARC Newsletter No. 46 – January 2016
Find the digital version of the January 2016 issue of the SPARC newsletter at

20 January 2016
Call for abstracts: CLIVAR OSC 2016
Submission of abstracts for the CLIVAR Open Science Conference is now open. It is also possible to apply for travel grants for the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium which takes place on 18 and 24-25 September 2016 before and after the CLIVAR Open Science Conference in Qingdao, PR China.

6 January 2016
Submit your abstract: ACAM session at AOGS 2016
Hiroshi Tanimoto from NIES, Japan, and his Co-conveners invite the ACAM-community to submit an abstract for the session AS13 on “Interaction of Atmospheric Composition and The Asian Monsoon” which will be part of the AOGS meeting in Beijing, PR China, from 31July – 5 August 2016. Abstract submission deadline is 19 February.

4 January 2016
Welcome to our new Co-chair and SSG members
A warm welcome to our new Co-chair Judith Perlwitz (NOAA, USA). Judith will lead the SPARC Scientific Steering Group together with Neil Harris (University of Cambridge, UK). New SSG members include Gufran Beig (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, India), Olivia Martius (University of Bern, Switzerland), and Saulo Freitas (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Big thanks to our former Co-chair Joan Alexander, as well as SSG members Adam Scaife, Ed Gerber and Martin Schultz who rotated off in December.

10 December 2015
Call for observational datasets for inclusion in obs4MIPs
The WCRP Data Advisory Council’s (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team seeks recommendations for data sets to be considered for inclusion in obs4MIPs. Obs4MIPs refers to a limited collection of well-established and documented datasets that have been organized according to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project CMIP5 and CMIP6 (currently in preparation) model output requirements and made available on the Earth System Grid Federation. Data submission deadline is 31 March 2016.

3 December 2015
Submit your abstract: COSPAR 2016
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will hold its 41st Scientific Assembly from 30 July – 7 August 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The deadline for abstract submission is 12 February 2016.

19 November 2015
QBOi, PSCi, and CCl4 now full SPARC activities
At the 23rd SPARC Scientific Steering Group meeting held from 10-13 November 2015 in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the emerging activities on Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSCi), Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBOi), and Carbon Tetrachloride (CCl4) were accepted as full SPARC activities.


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Upcoming SPARC meetings 

16-19 February 2016

SPARC workshop on Stratospheric Change and its Role in Climate Prediction (SHARP), Berlin, Germany

7-11 March 2016
Workshop on dynamics, transport and chemistry of the UTLS Asian monsoon, Boulder, CO, USA

6-8 April 2016
Workshop on atmospheric blocking, Reading, UK
Registration deadline: 10 February 2016

25-26 April 2016
Atmospheric Temperature Changes workshop, Graz, Austria

25-28 April 2016
2nd Workshop on stratospheric sulfur and its role in climate, Potsdam, Germany
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2016
Registration deadline: 21 April 2016

5 May 2016
Ozone Research – Quo Vadis, Zurich, Switzerland
A 1-day colloquium to honour Prof. Dr. Johannes Staehelin

16-20 May 2016
Atmospheric gravity waves: Sources and effects on weather and climate, NY, USA

24-27 May 2016
Joint GAW/SPARC workshop on UT/LS observations, Geneva, Switzerland

6-10 June 2016
SPARC DynVar workshop & S-RIP meeting, Helsinki, Finland
Abstract submission deadline: 11 March 2016
Registration deadline: 22 April 2016

26-30 September 2016
SPARC QBOi and Tropical S-RIP Workshop “The QBO and its Global Influence – Past, Present and Future”, Oxford, UK
Registration and abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2016

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Upcoming SPARC-related meetings

2-4 March 2016
Global Climate Observation: The road to the future, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5-15 April 2016
Polar Prediction School, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden

30 July – 7 August 2016
41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Istanbul, Turkey

31 July – 5 August 2016
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 13th Annual Meeting, Beijing, China

28 August – 2 September 2016
ISSAOS 2016 summer school on “Advanced Programming Techniques for the Earth System Science”, L’Aquila, Italy

4-9 September 2016
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium, Edinburgh, UK

14-16 September 2016
International Symposium on the Whole Atmosphere (ISWA), Tokyo, Japan

20-22 September 2016
Physics Dynamics Coupling in Weather and Climate Models, Richland, WA, USA

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Science update

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

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

Discussion Papers – open for comment: 

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