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SPARC’s 30th anniversary – third and last webinar

This year marks the 30th anniversary of SPARC, a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). In this time, SPARC has evolved into a major international research coordination hub for atmospheric sciences, with the primary goal to facilitate research that improves our understanding of atmospheric processes and their role in climate.

SPARC is particularly recognised for its lively scientific community. To celebrate SPARC’s achievements over the last three decades, we invite you all to celebrate with us and join us for a series of three webinars leading up to the grand SPARC General Assembly in October 2022.

We are delighted to announce we will host the third and last SPARC 30th anniversary webinar on Friday 7 October 2022 at 12.00 UTC. Prof. Thomas Peter from the ETH Zürich will give a presentation on “Research on climate intervention by stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) – should SPARC engage?”

To participate the webinar register here.

Release of stratosphere-focused chemical reanalysis M2-SCREAM

We are pleased to announce the release of the Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications – 2 (MERRA-2) Stratospheric Composition Reanalysis of Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (M2-SCREAM) developed at NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office in collaboration with the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) team.

This stratosphere-focused chemical reanalysis provides assimilated global three-dimensional fields of ozone, water vapor, hydrogen chloride (HCl), nitric acid (HNO3), and nitrous oxide (N2O) mixing ratios, all of which are of primary importance to stratospheric chemistry and transport studies. M2-SCREAM assimilates MLS profile observations of these five species, alongside total ozone data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument, with the recently developed Constituent Data Assimilation System (CoDAS). The system configuration includes a stratospheric chemistry module, StratChem and a version of the GEOS global circulation model with the dynamics constrained by meteorological fields from MERRA-2. The assimilated output is provided at a 50-km horizontal resolution on 72 model layers and at a three-hourly frequency. Analysis uncertainties are provided in a separate monthly data collection. A description and validation manuscript has been submitted to Earth System Science Data.

The current release covers the period from October 2004 to December 2021. Periodic updates are planned for the remainder of the MLS mission.

The M2-SCREAM data are available to the public through the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) and can be accessed here.

A longer release statement can be found here.

Tipping Points – from climate crisis to positive transformation

Registration deadline – 8th August

Late booking and final deadline – 21st August

Join us for a unique meeting that will:

  • Improve warnings of the imminent risks of catastrophic climate tipping points.
  • Accelerate positive tipping points to avert the climate crisis.

Work with world-leading experts to consider the latest science on climate tipping points and breaching planetary boundaries. Then explore the opportunities in triggering positive social tipping points. Interactive plenaries and action orientated workshops will create new networks of partners and resources for implementation after the conference.

Confirmed speakers include Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Tim Lenton, Director of Global Systems Institute, Kate Raworth, co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Labs and Laura Pereira, University of the Witwatersrand.

Please have a look at the latest programme for further information on the speakers, workshops and plenaries. Participants will join a growing alliance of partners collaborating to develop the urgent solutions required to address the climate and ecological emergencies through a socially just transformation.

Future Earth – Join Webinars Organized by the Global Secretariat Hub Taipei

Special Sessions for Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Science

When: 16:00-17:20 on 1 July (Taipei, UTC+8)
            10:00-11:00 on 15 July (Taipei, UTC+8)
            19:00-20:20 on 29 July 2022 (Taipei, UTC+8)

The Early Career Researchers (ECR) working group of Future Earth Taipei is now organizing a series of talks with other Future Earth Global Secretariat Hubs, and sharing the sustainability and climate change research outcomes produced by ECRs. The next collaborative talk will be organized with the France Hub from 16:00-17:20 on 1 July 2022 (UTC+8), focused on the carbon issues. Another talk series on climate change and mitigation and justice will be held from 10:00-11:00 on 15 July (UTC+8). In addition, the Taipei Hub will collaborate with the Canada Hub for the first time to organize a joint talk on digital sustainability from 19:00-20:20 on 29 July (UTC+8). Find the links for registration here for the upcoming ECR talks series, join the conversation, and look for opportunities for collaboration!

Webinar Series on Global Sustainability: Navigating DRR Solutions for Securing Resilient Futures – Spotlight on Floods

When: 16:00-17:00 on 4 July 2022 (Taipei, UTC+8)

Organized by the Risk Working Group of Future Earth Taipei and the Global Secretariat Hub Taipei, this innovative webinar will be held from 16:00-17:00 on 4 July 2022 (UTC+8) by engaging various stakeholders in the discussions to learn about United Nations University‘s large-scale research project, Climate Resilience Initiative. This webinar aims to engage the audience and exchange personal experiences and observations in the discussion. Find more information here.

Metrology for climate actions call for abstracts – 26 to 30 September

The online workshop between the 26 – 30 September, hosted by BIPM and WMO, is open to experts and stakeholders active in the fields of climate science, observations, GHG mitigation and measurement, modeling and measurement science willing to contribute to the development of recommendations on key technical challenge areas for metrology in these fields.

The meeting is being held virtually. Call for presentations and posters for the workshop is now open. The abstract submission deadline is June 30th.

For more information please wisit the event website.

News from the S-RIP activity

(1) New S-RIP dataset “RID”

Patrick Martineau has prepared a new reanalysis intercomparison dataset (RID) for S-RIP Phase 2. This is an extended version of the dynamical part of Martineau et al. (2018,

See more information in this PDF here or find the same information here.

(2) Updated version of “ERA5 back extension (*1959* -1978)” now available

Updated version of “ERA5 back extension (*1959* -1978)” becomes available. (A further extension from 1940 to 1958 is currently in production.)

For the details, see this website and for data access, see this website.

Announcements and due dates for the hybrid iCACGP-IGAC 2022 Conference!

We are getting closer to the hybrid iCACGP-IGAC 2022 hybrid conference, September 10-15 in Manchester, UK and virtually everywhere! A number of announcements and due dates are below. 

More conference information at the website here!
Conference Program and draft schedule here.
Submit Abstracts here (note: will need to sign into Oxford Abstracts) Abstracts are due May 31st!
Applications for scholarships to attend the conference open here
Registration is open here. Early Bird Registration closes 15 July 2022

An Early Career Short Course will take place September 8-10 2022. Applications for the Early Career Short Course here. Applications are due May 31st!
Note that travel funds to/from the short course venue and hotel and many food costs will be covered during the short course (evening of 7 September-10 September 2022). 

Nominate an early career scientist for the Paul J. Crutzen Award! More information here. Due 17 June 2022!

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you again in person or virtually to discuss international global atmospheric chemistry! 

Climate Observation Conference: last days to submit abstracts – deadline 1st June!

GCOS Climate Observation Conference 17-19 October 2022, Darmstadt Germany

Last days to submit abstracts!

The 2nd GCOS Climate Observation Conference will gather experts of climate science, climate observations, technology innovation, data scientists, climate services, users of data information and funding agencies to discuss and develop pathways towards a fit-for-purpose climate observing system for 2050 and beyond.

The call for abstracts is open until 1 June. Six themes are proposed for the submissions and are the basis for the Conference sessions: 

  • Climate Observing Networks
  • Climate Extremes and Tipping points
  • Climate Observations to support Climate Policies
  • Climate Data Records
  • Data Processing and Management
  • The Global Climate Observing system in the future: GCOS 2050

Systematic climate observations are fundamental for understanding, predicting, mitigating and adapting to climate change,” says Sabrina Speich, the chair of the Conference Scientific Committee. “This need is increasing with the growing urgency for adaptation and mitigation measures. With this Conference we want to make progress towards a fully implemented and sustainable global observing system for climate applications.”

Registration is free of charge and virtual attendance will be possible. 

Please, help us spread the word and circulate this information to any interested person.  

Travel grants will be available for early career researchers coming from the Global South and presenting abstracts.  

We look forward to seeing you in Darmstadt in October 2022