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Call for proposals to host the International Project Office of the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) Core Project

WCRP is delighted to open a call for proposals to host a dedicated project office in support to one of WCRP’s core projects: the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC).

SPARC is the focal point for climate science related to the atmosphere within WCRP. Atmospheric and climate sciences are increasingly a focus of decision-making across policy, research, and industry, and of wide interest to the general public. In its 30-year (1992-2022) history, SPARC’s activities have generated a wealth of cutting-edge research and valuable datasets. SPARC has a major role in key international scientific assessment reports, including the WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessment Reports which are requested by the Parties of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments. SPARC is moving forward with an ambitious new strategic plan from 2023, which will further advance those achievements by taking a leadership role at the forefront of international atmospheric science research. All SPARC efforts are part of WCRP’s activities and embedded in its overarching WCRP Science and Implementation Plan.

Benefits to the Host Institution

The Host Institution will significantly benefit from hosting the SPARC IPO by having a close interaction with this critical domain of research. It will serve as a great opportunity for the host to help deliver the exciting new goals of SPARC to the international community. In addition, the host institution will have the benefit of:

  • enhancing their international profile through clear identification with the WCRP international community,
  • underscoring the commitment of the national research community for international cooperation,
  • association and participation with a range of international meetings, workshops, and regional activities,
  • collaboration with other networks including those of early career scientists,
  • contributing to the well-established links that the engagement of scientists from the host institute has already established through international research projects to the global community of climate researchers.
  • career development for early career scientists in connecting them with the international research community and involvement in SPARC activities and outreach panel, 
  • playing an important role in refining and implementing WCRP’s new strategy. 

Further, development of an active scientific partnership between SPARC and scientists at the Host Institution is encouraged, with the aim of increased international exposure and additional scientific publications.

The SPARC IPO’s role will be to support this work on all related levels in close cooperation with the SPARC co-chairs and Scientific Steering Group, the WCRP leadership and the WCRP Secretariat in Geneva.

  • To download the call, click here.
  • The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2022.

All communication, material and enquiries regarding this calls shall be directed in English to Hindumathi Palanisamy (tni.o1675679990mw@ym1675679990asina1675679990laph1675679990) in the WCRP Secretariat.

Position available: Director of the WCRP RIfS International Project Office

Director of the Regional Information for Society (RIfS) International Project Office, Ouranos, Montreal, Canada

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and Ouranos invite applications for the position of Director of the Regional Information for Society (RIfS) International Project Office (IPO).

The director will assemble the new IPO team, define the IPO’s identity and fulfill its mandate, in support to the implementation of the RIfS Science Plan.

For details about the position and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for application is on 17 February 2023.

7th SPARC General Assembly ECR awards for best oral and best poster presentation

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Early Career Presentation awards at the recent 7th SPARC General Assembly. In keeping with the multi-hub nature of the meeting, we awarded prizes for best oral and best poster presentation at each of our three hubs.

Best ECR oral and poster presentations

AsiaJiankai ZhangTalkResponses of Arctic sea ice to stratospheric ozone depletion
Feiyang WangPosterInfluence of stratospheric polar vortex on the tropical convection related to MJO
EuropeJonas SpaethTalkPredictors of Arctic Oscillation Variability as Revealed by Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecasts
Irina StatnaiaPosterFactors affecting sub-seasonal forecast skill of Northern Eurasian cold spells
Philipp BreulPosterRevisiting the wintertime emergent constraint of the Southern Hemispheric midlatitude jet response to global warming
AmericasPeidong WangTalkChlorine processing after the 2020 Australian wildfire
Xinyue WangPosterStratospheric Responses to the Hunga Tonga Volcanic Eruption

Thank you to everyone who helped us to judge the presentations and particularly to Alison Ming for her organisation of the process.

WWRP/WCRP S2S Summit 2023: Inviting abstracts at the University of Reading, UK

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now inviting abstracts for the WWRP/WCRP S2S Summit at the University of Reading, UK, 3-7 July 2023.

Sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction–2 weeks to a season ahead–is increasingly filling the gap between weather and seasonal climate forecasts, helping provide early warnings of high-impact events such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, heat, cold waves and their compound impacts on society. As the S2S forecast skill continues to improve through a better understanding of physical mechanisms involved, model advances and statistical calibration of model forecast outputs, more products are becoming available for decision makers to advance applications and services.

The Summit will celebrate the success of the WWRP/WCRP S2S Prediction Project over 10 years as it moves towards its completion in December 2023. The event welcomes contributions on all aspects of S2S science, including:

·       Physical mechanisms leading to predictability on sub-seasonal timescales,
·       Mddel evaluation and diagnostics,
·       Predictability and prediction studies,
·       Extreme events,
·       Traditional Model Output Statistics (calibration, verification) as well novel approaches such as, Machine Learning.
·       Examples and best practices of development, application, value and communication of S2S products.

Contributions making use of both the S2S and SubX databases are encouraged as these are complementary data sources for advancing sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction research. Forecasting of sub-seasonal weather statistics within the first season, including high impact weather and monsoon onset/cessation dates are also welcome.

The deadline for abstracts is 15th January 2023 and authors will be notified of abstract acceptance and presentation type by 28th  February. Abstract submission should be through the web-from on the conference website:

WCRP Open Science Conference 2023­­ – website now online

Meet with us in “Remarkable Rwanda”­­­­

The next WCRP Open Science Conference (OSC) will take place in 2023, with the major goal of bridging science and society by “advancing climate science for a sustainable future.” Climate risk, early warning, attribution, uncertainty, tipping points, irreversibility, and abrupt climate change are just some of the topics that will be discussed, both on a global and regional scale, as well as the fundamental science that is critical to advancing these important topics.­­­­­

Website now LIVE!

­­Abstract submission(includes financial support applications)­­

Watch our video introducing the OSC:­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Science leaders, politicians, policy makers, intergovernmental agencies and NGOs will share ideas on how climate research leads to a sustainable future. Natural and social scientists, humanities scholars, and practitioners from around the world will showcase their work, learn from each other, and explore new ways to work together to build the future we want. The OSC will feature the latest research from across the WCRP community (Core ProjectsLighthouse ActivitiesGrand Challenges) and from all of our key partners. 

Key dates

Early 2023: Registrations open
Feb. 2023: Abstract submission and financial support application deadline
Apr.–May 2023: Abstract review and financial support notifications
Jun. 2023: Final conference program 
22 & 28 Oct. 2023: Early to mid-career researchers event
23–27 Oct. 2023: WCRP Open Science Conference

Call for Applications for the first iCACGP-IGAC Early Career Scientific Steering Committee!

If you are interested, please send a maximum of two pages covering the following questions (DUE November 10, 2022):

1. What are you hoping to get out of participating in an iCACGP-IGAC steering committee?
2. What will you bring to the steering committee?
3. What ideas do you have for this steering committee? 

To gro.t1675679990cejor1675679990pcagi1675679990@ofni1675679990
Please also submit a CV with your application

Note that, as this is the first committee, we are allowing you to self-identify as early career (no strict definition of years after graduation). We would like you to shape this committee, so we are open to your ideas in your application letter. 

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.