QBO@60 – Celebrating 60 years of discovery within the tropical stratosphere

original dates: July 6 – 10, 2020 – postponed to 2022  
Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom

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Information on the Coronavirus:

The SOC and LOC are monitoring the situation daily and will follow guidance from the UK Government and Met Office regarding the holding of the workshop in the current situation. Meanwhile we strongly advise people to hold off making any travel arrangements at this time and to consult the SPARC QBO@60 website for future updates.

It is also recommended that those planning to attend the workshop seek advice from their own organisations before making any travel arrangements

The in-person July 2020 workshop is further postponed to2022 at the Met Office, Exeter, though of course that will depend on any developments in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
(last update: Otober 2020)
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QBO@60 will gather together international researchers to celebrate 60 years of
advances since the discovery of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation. The event will hold overview presentations of key early observations and theoretical developments from eminent researchers working in the field. We solicit discussion from modelers, observers and theorists working on understanding the processes coupling the tropical troposphere, stratosphere and beyond. Focus will be on: the representation of the QBO in models; the response of the QBO to external forcings (e.g. volcanoes, geoengineering, solar-cycle) and feedbacks (e.g. chemistry); teleconnections of the QBO to other parts of the climate system such as the stratospheric polar vortex, North Atlantic Oscillation and the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and their representation
within simple and complex models. The main activities of the meeting will include:

  • Keynote and invited presentations celebrating 60 years of tropical stratosphere research;
  • Contributed presentations of recent advances, including CMIP6 & Phase One of QBOi;
  • Community discussion on outstanding questions & work defining the next steps for understanding, modelling and predicting the QBO following Phase One of QBOi.


The workshop marks the next phase of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation Initiative (QBOi), an activity within the Stratospheretroposphere Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Science Organizing Committee

James Anstey, Mark Baldwin, Neal Butchart, Lawrence Coy, Javier Garcia-Serrano, Yoshio Kawatani, Scott Osprey, Yaga Richter

Local Organizers

Martin Andrews, Andrew Bushell, Neal Butchart, Jeff Knight

Important dates

Abstract, registration and other relevant information will be advertised soon

Enquiries: qboworkshop[ät]ncas.ac.uk

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