WCRP/SPARC workshop announcement: Challenges for Climate Science – Synergies between SPARC and the WCRP Grand Challenges

Place and dates: Berlin, Germany – 31 October to 1 November 2016
Abstract submission and registration deadline: 30 Sep 2016

Motivation and goals

In recent years the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has identified several Grand Science Challenges (http://www.wcrp-climate.org/grand-challenges) representing areas of emphasis in scientific research for WCRP in the coming decade. Progress in these areas should lead to “actionable information” for decision makers. More broadly, WCRP supports climate science via its Core Projects, among them the SPARC project on “Stratosphere-troposphere processes and their role in climate” .

Held back-to-back with the annual meeting of the SPARC scientific steering group, this workshop tries to bring together scientists active in Grand Challenge research, in different SPARC activities, and scientists that so far have had fewer links to WCRP.

The workshop has the following aims:

  1. To discuss the state of the science in the areas of Grand Challenges and SPARC themes;
  2. To define improved collaborations between SPARC and the Grand Challenges;
  3. To discuss the role of SPARC and Grand Challenges in WCRP priorities.


We call for scientific contributions related to

  • the Grand Challenges on “Clouds, circulation & climate sensitivity”, “Climate extremes”, “Near-term predictability”, and “Carbon feedbacks in the climate system”,


  • the SPARC themes “Atmospheric dynamics and predictability”, “Chemistry and climate”, and “Long-term records for climate understanding”.

Please submit a short abstract by 30 September 2016 by email to .

Most contributions will be presented in poster format.

Confirmed invited speakers

Guy Brasseur, Andrew Charlton-Perez, Bill Collins, Dim Coumou, George Craig, Daniela Domeisen, Hella Garny, Corinna Hoose, Wolfgang Müller, Olivia Romppainen, Gabriele Stiller, Claudia Timmreck, Ted Shepherd

For more details and registration, please visit the webpage.