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Fellowship opportunity:

SCAR WMO joint fellowship scheme announcement

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research ( is excited to be collaborating with the World Meteorological Organisation on a new fellowship opportunity for researchers in countries with developing economies.

It will enable researchers to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR’s member countries, with the goal of exposing them to recent advances in research and to develop long-term scientific links and partnerships.

To find out more visit The deadline is 17th July 2019.

To be eligible for this fellowship you need to be:

  • enrolled in a PhD or within 5 years of finishing PhD;
  • a citizen of a WMO Member Country;
  • a citizen of a developing economy;
  • Visiting an Antarctic research facility in or run by a SCAR member country, which is different from applicant’s (a) country of origin and (b) current country of residence;
  • Proposing a topic in a weather, climate, or operational hydrology related discipline which links to the objectives of one or more of SCAR’s science groups, including the Humanities and Social Sciences group, and/or the Scientific Research Programmes.

Announcement: 2 AMS Symposia

There are two Symposia of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) coming up in 2020:

Contributions to both symposia have to be submitted by 1 August 2019

Susan Solomon Symposium

Ozone, Climate, and Policy: Susan’s Contributions Then and Now
Jauary 2020

This symposium aims to honor Prof. Solomon’s past achievements in and ongoing contributions to atmospheric science. Sessions will highlight the history and future of environmental policy and assessments, breakthroughs in middle atmospheric and ozone science, and provide perspectives on our changing climate—one of the greatest challenges of our time. Each of these three topics will be communicated through invited talks and solicited posters.

Call for Papers
  • Wisdom of Solomon: History & Successes in Environmental Policy
  • Ozone & the Middle Atmosphere: Past, Present and Future
  • Climate Change: The Challenge of the 21st Century
Conference Contact(s)

Daniel Gilford (*protected email*) & A.R. Ravishankara (*protected email*)

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Middle Atmosphere One-Day Symposium

Call for Papers
  • Middle Atmosphere – Posters Only
Conference Contact(s)

For additional information, please contact the Program Chairs:  Rei Ueyama (vog.a1560964621san@a1560964621mayeu1560964621.ier1560964621), Sean Davis (vog.a1560964621aon@s1560964621ivad.1560964621m.nae1560964621s1560964621)

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SPARC Science update: 4 June –10 June

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

Significant uncertainty in the representation of orography in numerical weather prediction and implications for atmospheric drag and circulation. By A.D. Elvidge et al. in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Weakening of the teleconnection from El Niño‐Southern Oscillation to the Arctic stratosphere over the past few decades: What can be learned from subseasonal forecast models? By C.I. Garfinkel et al. in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Radiative Convective Equilibrium and Organized Convection: An Observational Perspective. By C. Jacob, M.S. Singh, and L. Jungandreas in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Rising methane: A new climate challenge. By S.E. Mikaloff Fletcher and H. Schaefer in Science.

Strongly coupled data assimilation in multiscale media: experiments using a quasi‐geostrophic coupled model. By S.G. Penny et al. in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Extratropical age of air trends and causative factors in climate projection simulations. By P. Šácha et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.


Discussion papers – open for comment:

Attribution of Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) ozone radiative flux bias from satellites. By L. Kuai et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Remote access to the TRI-MIP-ATHLON-2 Workshop available now!

The TRI-MIP-ATHLON-2 Workshop is taking place from 11 June – 14 June in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

There is a possibility to remotely join the TRI-MIP-ATHLON-2 Workshop for those, who are not able to attend in person.

Please find the agenda here.

To remotely join the workshop, please register for TRI-MIP-ATHLON-2 Workshop at:

The joint workshop will focus on new results from the multi-model experiments to quantify changes in composition, the resulting effective radiative forcing and the consequent climate responses.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Announcement: CATCH Open Science Workshop

7-8 December 2019 University of California – Berkeley, USA

More information will be available soon at:

CATCH is a jointly sponsored IGAC and SOLAS Activity. The CATCH mission is to facilitate atmospheric chemistry research within the international community, with a focus on natural processes specific to cold regions of the Earth. Cold regions include areas which are seasonally or permanently covered by snow and ice, from the high mountains to the polar ice sheets and sea ice zones as well as regions where ice clouds that undergo chemistry are found.

Final draft of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2028 now available

Dear members of the WCRP Community,

 We are delighted to report that the final draft of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2028 is now available:

 Note that while the Plan still requires the official approval of the WCRP Co-sponsors, it is not envisioned that any further changes will be made. We will notify you again once all three Co-sponsors have given their final approval. 

 We should all congratulate ourselves on completing this first step in the process of delivering a WCRP that will be fit for purpose and fit for the future. Particular thanks go to Guy Brasseur and Amanda Lynch for their outstanding leadership and for all their hard work over the two years that it took to develop this Plan; to the JSC Officers of 2018, Anny Cazenave, Mauricio M. Mata, and Martin Visbeck, for all the time that they invested in the process; and to Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh for addressing the Co-sponsor comments and pulling together the final document.

 We now look forward to implementing this Plan and to build on the enthusiasm and momentum that was apparent at the Implementation and Planning Meeting and JSC Session just a few weeks ago. We will be in touch soon with further details on the next steps of this process.

 Kind regards

 Pavel Kabat and the WCRP Joint Planning Staff


SPARC Science update: 28 May –3 June

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


Subseasonal‐to‐seasonal predictability of the Southern Hemisphere eddy‐driven jet during austral spring and early summer. By N.J. Byrne, T.G. Shepherd, I. Plichtchouk in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Attribution of the Hemispheric Asymmetries in Trends of Stratospheric Trace Gases Inferred from Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) Measurements. By Y. Han et al. in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

IAMAS: a century of international cooperation in atmospheric sciences. By M.C. MacCracken and H. Volkert in History of Geo- and Space Sciences.

Large impacts, past and future, of ozone‐depleting substances on Brewer‐Dobson circulation trends: A multi‐model assessment. By L.M. Polvani et al. in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Implication of strongly increased atmospheric methane concentrations for chemistry–climate connections. By F. Winterstein et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

SPARC Science update: 21 May –27 May

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


Seasonal characteristics of trace gas transport into the extratropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. By Y. Inai et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

As a climate researcher, should I change my air-travel habits? Career Column in Nature by S.E. Kjellman

Differences in potential and actual skill in a decadal prediction experiment. By G.J. Boer, V.V. Kharin, and W.J. Merryfield in Climate Dynamics.

The role of methane in future climate strategies: mitigation potentials and climate impacts. By M. Harmsen et al. in Climatic Changes.

Influence of ENSO and MJO on the zonal structure of tropical tropopause inversion layer using high-resolution temperature profiles retrieved from COSMIC GPS Radio Occultation. By Noersomadi, T. Tsuda, and M. Fujiwara in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Increase in CFC-11 emissions from eastern China based on atmospheric observations. By M. Rigby et al. in Nature.
See also: Nature-Interview with M. Rigby

Effects of the Madden–Julian Oscillation on 2-m air temperature prediction over China during boreal winter in the S2S database. By Y. Zhou et al. in Climate Dynamics.

A special issue on ENSO diversity has been published in Climate Dynamics.

SPARC Science update: 14 May –20 May

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


Robust climate change research: a review on multi-model analysis. By H. Duan et al. in the Environmental Research Letters.

Diagnostics of a WN2‐type Major Sudden Stratospheric Warming Event in February 2018 using a new Three‐Dimensional Wave Activity Flux. By Y. Harada et al. in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Gravity waves in the winter stratosphere over the Southern Ocean: high-resolution satellite observations and 3-D spectral analysis. By N.P. Hindley et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

How does cloud overlap affect the radiative heating in the tropical upper troposphere/lower stratosphere? By E. Johansson et al. in the Geophysical Research Letters.

An Analysis of the Hines and Warner‐McIntyre‐Scinocca Nonorographic Gravity Wave Drag Parameterizations. By M. Majdzadeh and G.P. Klaassen in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Detecting human influence on the temperature changes in Central Asia. By D. Peng et al. in Climate Dynamics.

Observation and attribution of temperature trends near the stratopause from HALOE. By E. Remsberg in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Variability of temperature and ozone in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere from multi-satellite observations and reanalysis data. By M. Shangguan, W. Wang, and S. Jin in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

A numerical process study on the rapid transport of stratospheric air down to the surface over western North America and the Tibetan Plateau. By B. Škerlak et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Multitimescale variations in modeled stratospheric water vapor derived from three modern reanalysis products. By M. Tao et al. in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Calls for nominations to WMO/WCRP advisory panels

Dear colleagues from the WCRP community,

Please find under the below link a call for (self-)nominations for membership in six WCRP expert panels (WDAC, WMAC, WGCM, WGSIP, WGNE, and CORDEX-SAT), with a deadline of 20 June 2019:

We would also appreciate your help in forwarding this call within your networks as appropriate.

Furthermore, the World Meteorological Organization is calling for applications for membership of its proposed Scientific Advisory Panel, with a deadline of 31 May: .