SPARC eNews 2016-03

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 – March 2016

1 March 2016
Call for abstracts: SPARC QBO workshop “The QBO and its Global Influence – Past, Present and Future”
Submit your abstract before 31 May 2016 for the SPARC QBO workshop, which will be held on 26 – 30 September 2016 in Oxford, UK.

25 February 2016
Follow SPARC on Facebook and Twitter
SPARC is now on social media! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.

25 February 2016
Opportunity for early career researchers: join the YESS SPARC group
The Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community is a vibrant international group of multidisciplinary early career researchers. This bottom-up organised network is devoted to providing a voice for early career researchers and strengthening collaboration across all boundaries. To find out more about the opportunities that YESS offers and to join the SPARC YESS group see the website:

24 February 2016
Call for abstracts: IGAC Conference 2016
Abstract submission for the 2016 Conference of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project is now open. The conference is being held from 26-30 September in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. Deadline for submissions is 2 April 2016.

23 February 2016
WMO Satellite User Survey 2016
WMO is kindly asking for 15-20 minutes of your time to respond to the Satellite User Survey 2016. This Survey is designed to collect up-to-date information on the capabilities and needs of the satellite user community and WMO Members in using satellite data in meteorological, climate, water, and related environmental applications. Deadline for response is 15 March.

23 February 2016
Abstract submissions: 50th CMOS Congress and joint CGU Annual Meeting
Submit your abstract before 29 February for the 50th CMOS Congress and joint CGU Annual Meeting, which will be held on 29 May – 2 June 2016 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

22 February 2016
Solicitation for input: COPERNICUS survey on users needs
The COPERNICUS survey on user needs is now open for input. The survey will be the first building block of a process aimed at defining the high-level requirements for the next generation of the Copernicus Space Component. It is thus a unique opportunity to contribute to the creation of a “fil rouge” between this Space Component and users.

11 February 2016
Vacancy: Postdoc position available at MeteoSwiss
The Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss is looking for a Postdoc to study climate change and heat stress.

10 February 2016
Colloquium in honour of Prof. Dr. Johannes Staehelin
This one-day colloquium to be held on 4 May 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, brings together several of Johannes Staehelin’s distinguished colleagues and will focus on past developments and future priorities of ozone research. Professor Staehelin is the former director of the SPARC Project Office.

8 February 2016
Letter of petition available to sign: CSIRO cutting climate-related positions
The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is cutting over 200 positions in climate-related positions. If you think you might like to sign this letter, it can still be signed as a show of support.

 The relevance for SPARC is CSIRO’s important contribution to measurements and modelling.

5 February 2016
Apply now: 3rd European Earth System and Climate Modelling School
Organised jointly between the National Center for Atmospheric Science, the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, and the University of Barcelona, the E2SCMS Earth System and Climate Modelling Summer School to be held from 9-21 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland, is open to early career scientists (advanced PhD candidates, postdoctoral scientists, and scientific programmers) who are affiliated with European research institutions. Deadline for applications is 21 March.
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Upcoming SPARC meetings 

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 QBO workshop “The QBO and its Global Influence – Past, Present and Future”, Oxford, UK
Abstract submission and pre-registration deadline: 31 May 2016
17-21 October 2016
SPARC Data Assimilation and S-RIP 2016 Workshop, Victoria, BC, Canada
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Upcoming SPARC-related meetings

2-4 March 2016
Global Climate Observation: The road to the future, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5-7 April 2016
DLR Conference on Climate Change 2016 – Challenges for Atmospheric Research, Cologne, Germany
5-15 April 2016
Polar Prediction School, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
9-21 June 2016
3rd European Earth System and Climate Modeling School, Helsinki, Finland
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
19-28 October 2016
Training School: Convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring and modeling, Tarquinia, Italy

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Science update

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

February 2016

Discussion Papers – open for comment: 

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