SPARC Science update: 17 March – 23 March

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


Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter with Cross Validation. By M. Buehner in the Monthly Weather Review.

Synthesis of methane observations across scales: Strategies for deploying a multi‐tiered observing network. By D.H. Cusworth et al. in the Geophysical Research Letters.

Impact of Sub‐Grid Variation of Water Vapor on Longwave Radiation in a General Circulation Model. By S. Kim, S. Park, and J. Shin in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

The practice of responsible research and innovation in “climate engineering.” By S. Low and J.J. Buck in WIREs Climate Change.

Thermodynamic cycles in the stratosphere. By P. Ruggieri, M.H.P. Ambaum, and J. Nycander in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

Earth System Model Evaluation Tool (ESMValTool) v2.0 – technical overview. By M. Righi et al. in Geoscientific Model Development.

Spatio‐temporal stability analysis applied to monsoon anticyclone flow. By P.M. Rupp and P.H. Haynes in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

VolKilau: Volcano rapid response balloon campaign during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. By J.-P. Vernier et al. in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.


Discussion papers – open for comment:

Simplified SAGE II ozone data usage rules. By S. Kremser, L.W. Thomason, and L.J. Bird in Earth System Science Data.

Earth System Model Evaluation Tool (ESMValTool) v2.0 – diagnostics for emergent constraints and future projections from Earth system models in CMIP. By A. Lauer et al. in Geoscientific Model Development.

Long-term Variations in Ozone Levels in the Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere over Beijing: Observations and Model Simulations. By Y. Zhang et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.