SPARC eNews 2016-07

Special announcements


Open Call for SPARC SSG Membership

SPARC leadership is composed of experts from around the world who dedicate their time to SPARC’s international activities. These include the SPARC Scientific Steering Group (SSG), who serve to guide SPARC’s scientific focus. SPARC is now accepting nominations (or self-nominations) for SSG membership to serve from January 2018 – December 2020 (initial three-year term can be extended by two additional years).

If you are interested please complete the online form available here.

The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2016.

Summer School on Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics
Reunion Island, 28 November – 3 December 2016

The Maïdo Observatory Summer School (MOSS) will focus on troposphere‐stratosphere composition and dynamics. The MOSS is intended to further develop understanding of monitoring techniques, processes and changes in the Earth’s atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere) with emphasis on dynamics, long‐term evolution of atmospheric composition, and climate change. The academic activities will be based on courses and training in accordance with SPARC (Stratosphere‐ troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) activities and with its strategy in terms of capacity development.

The School is scheduled for 6 days of coursework and is open to PhD students and early career researchers in the field of instrumentation and atmospheric sciences.

See the summer school website for further information:

New SPARC publications


SPARC Report No. 7: The Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride

The seventh SPARC science report on ‘The Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride’ is now available!
Find the full report here:

SPARC Newsletter No. 47: July 2016

The July 2016 edition of the newsletter is now available online:

In the interest of the environment, as of July 2017 SPARC will no longer produce printed versions of the newsletter.
Sign up to receive the digital version here:

Other publications of interest:

Journal special issues:

Chemistry-Climate Modelling Initiative – Joint Special Issue in ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMT
Open for submissions.

SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project – Special Issue in ACP
Open for submissions.

Water Vapour Intercomparison II (WAVAS-II) – Joint Special Issue in ACP/AMT/ESSD
Open for submissions.

Upcoming deadlines


EGU Meeting Support – Submission period from 1 June – 31 July

The EGU encourages individual scientists, working groups or committees to submit proposals for EGU topical meetings, training schools and workshops, as well as applications for EGU sponsorship of external meetings.

The next call for EGU co-sponsored meetings is now open and runs from 1 June – 31 July.

For more details see:

AGU Fall Meeting 12-16 December 2016 – Abstract deadline: 3 August

SPARC-related sessions:

A016: Atmospheric Trace Species: Budget and transport of stratospheric-ozone-related and climate-related trace gases
Convenors: Paul A. Newman, Qing Liang, Guus J M Velders, and Stefan Reimann

A017: Atmospheric Trace Species: Observations and Analyses of the Effects of Changing Atmospheric Composition on Stratospheric Ozone and Climate
Convenors: Michael J. Kurylo III,  Anne M. Thompson, Joris P. Veefkind, and Martyn Chipperfield

A064: Large-scale atmospheric transport and mixing: observations, modeling and theory
Conveners: Chengji Liu, Elizabeth A Barnes, Clara Orbe, Gang Chen

SA005: Atmospheric gravity wave sources, propagation, instabilities, and regional and global effects from the surface into the thermosphere and ionosphere
Conveners: David C. Fritts, Michael J. Taylor, Kaoru Sato, Erdal Yigit

A086: Processes and linkages in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere: observations and models
Conveners: Rei Ueyama, William John Randel, Tao Wang

A099: The dynamical processes of stratosphere-troposphere interactions and their relationship with climate
Conveners: Marianna Linz, Aditi Sheshadri, Alison Ming, Peter Hitchcock

A003: Advances in High Resolution Climate Modeling in the atmosphere
Conveners: Philip J Rasch, Shaocheng Xie, Julio T Bacmeister, Jon Petch

A049: Evaluating Reanalysis: Learning about past weather and climate
Conveners: Jan Dominik Keller, Masatomo Fujiwara, Sean M. Davis

A037: Data Assimilation, Inverse Methods, Reanalysis, and Observing System Simulation Experiments
Conveners: Isaac Moradi, Thomas Auligne, Nancy L. Baker, Zhaoxia Pu

WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development

WCRP and WWRP have established an International Prize for Model Development, awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development by an early- to mid-career researcher.

More details on eligibility, required nomination material and selection process can be found at

Nominations of suitable candidates should be forwarded to the WCRP (mrixen (at) and WWRP (pruti (at), and must be received by 1 October 2016.

WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize

WCRP and GCOS have established an International Data Prize, awarded annually to honour achievements in (climate) data product generation, data management, data preservation, data monitoring, and other data relevant activities by an early- to mid-career researcher.

More details on eligibility, required nomination material and selection process can be found at

Nominations of suitable candidates should be forwarded to the WCRP (mrixen (at) and GCOS (gcosjpo (at), and must be received by 1 October 2016.

Early career opportunities


ISSAOS 2016 summer school “Advanced Programming Techniques for the Earth System Science”
28 Aug – 2 Sep 2016
Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy

Training School: Convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring and modelling
9 – 28 Oct 2016
Tarquinia, Italy

SPARC encourages early career scientists to join the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community. YESS unifies early career researchers in an influential network and communication platform to promote local and global exchange across multiple disciplines related to Earth system sciences. Join the YESS community by going to

SPARC meetings


WGNE/SPARC Drag Processes Workshop
12-15 September
Reading, UK

SPARC QBO Workshop

26-30 September
Oxford, UK

SPARC DA Workshop 
17-19 October
Victoria, BC, Canada

S-RIP 2016 Workshop
19-21 October
Victoria, BC, Canada

Challenges for climate science – Synergies between SPARC and the WCRP Grand Challenges
31 October – 1 November
Berlin, Germany

WAVAS II Meeting 
30 November – 3 December
Karlsruhe, Germany

Find all SPARC meetings

SPARC-related meetings


41st COSPAR Assembly
30 July – 6 August
Istanbul, Turkey

13th AOGS Annual Meeting
31 July – 5 August
Peking, China

Quadrennial Ozone Symposium (QOS)

4-9 September
Edinburgh, Scotland

QOS Side-Meeting: Ozone Profile Trend Uncertainty
9-10 September
Edinburgh, Scotland

International Symposium on the Whole Atmosphere 
14-16 September
Tokyo, Japan

Physics Dynamics Coupling in Weather and Climate Models
20 – 22 Sep 2016
Richland, Washington, USA

CLIVAR Open Science Conference
19-23 September
Qingdao, China

WGCM Model Hierarchies Workshop
2-4 November
Princeton, USA

11th MIPAS-IMK/IAA data user meeting
26 – 27 October
Karlsruhe, Germany

AGU Fall Meeting
12-16 December
San Francisco, USA

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