SPARC eNews 2016-05

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 – May 2016

13 May 2016
Call for cover photos: next issues of the SPARC newsletter
Any contributions from the SPARC community for potential cover photos for our next issues of the SPARC newsletter will be very much appreciated.
Please contact us at

13 May 2016
CMIP-6 and CCMI special issues available online
The CMIP-6 special issue can be found here:
And the CCMI special issue is online here:

12 May 2016
SPARC Annual Report 2015

The SPARC Annual Report 2015 gives you a brief overview of the activities, programmatic developments, and achievements of the SPARC project in 2015.

12 May 2016
Ozone Research – Quo Vadis?
A 1-day colloquium to honour Prof. Dr. Johannes Staehelin

The recording of the individual presentations and discussions at this event which was held on 4 May 2016 can be found at

9 May 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.

9 May 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:

28 April 2016
A decade of progress in stratospheric aerosol observations – A contribution from the SSiRC activity
The SPARC Stratospheric Sulfur and its Role in Climate (SSiRC) activity has contributed significantly to a recent overview publication on observations of stratospheric aerosol.
The article can be found here:
and was highlighted in EOS here:
and here:

24 March 2016
SPARC in the latest WMO Bulletin
See the latest edition of the WMO Bulletin (65(1)) for an interesting article about climate predictability and the influence of the stratosphere by SPARC SSG member Alexey Karpechko.

8 March 2016
Call for abstracts: WCRP Model Hierarchies Workshop
Submit your abstract before 15 May 2016 for the WCRP Model Hierarchies Workshop which will be held in New Jersey, USA from 2-4 Nov 2016.

Find more news from WCRP, CliC, CLIVAR, and GEWEX.

Find vacancies at >


Upcoming SPARC meetings 

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

13-17 June 2016
6th International HEPPA-SOLARIS workshop, Helsinki, Finland

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

31 October – 4 November 2016
24th SPARC Scientific Steering Group Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Find all SPARC meetings.

Upcoming SPARC-related meetings

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

28 November – 3 December 2016
Summer School in Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics, La Digue, Reunion Island, Seychelles

Find more SPARC-related meetings.

Find more meetings organised by the WCRP community.




Science update

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

April 2016

March 2016

Find older Science Updates at >


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