SPARC General Assembly 2018

1 - 5 October 2018
Kyoto, Japan

  What's new!!  
SPARC GA 2018 Opening Ceremony on October 1st (Monday)

New version of the program for Monday - Wednesday
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New schedule on the opening day, Monday
We have suffered influence of another Typhoon Trami, and the following is the new schedule of the opening day, October 1 (Monday):
  • 8:00 - 16:00 Registration
    Poster room is already accessible to display your poster and start informal discussion for Block I (Themes 1, 2, and 5).
    Coffee and snacks are available, and sandwiches and soft drinks are also served for lunch.
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Opening ceremony
  • 13:00 - 14:00 First oral session for Theme 1
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Poster session Block I-A
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Second and third oral sessions for Theme 1
  • 17:00 - 18:45 Poster session Block I-B
Useful maps
More information about Kyoto and around the venue
  • Travel Guide
  • Restaurants in Kyoto and around the Venue
Typhoon in Japan
A severe typhoon has struck Japan mainland on September 4th and brought disasters in Kansai area largely due to severe winds and storm surge. However, Miyakomesse, the SPARC GA venue, had no damage of the typhoon and it is operating normally. The SPARC GA 2018 will be held as scheduled.

The connecting bridge to Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka was damaged due to the collision of a tanker ship. A limited number of domestic and international flights were restarted from September 7th, and airport functions were almost fully recovered by September 21st. During the period, we had provided the status of Kansai International Airport as News on KIX from SPARC LOC, in daily basis:
6th (Thu),   7th (Fri),   8th (Sat),   9th (Sun),   10th (Mon),   and   11th (Tue).
For the latest information, please look at the KIX website.

If your flight is planned to land other international airports as Nagoya, Haneda, or Narita, then you can use a domestic flight to local airports near Kyoto, or you can take fast trains to come to Kyoto from these airports. If you need nore information on the domestic access to Kyoto, please click here.

The 6th General Assembly of SPARC (Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate), a core project of the World Climate Research Programme, will bring together a large community of scientists from around the world. General Assemblies are opportunities for SPARC to take stock of what has been achieved, where gaps in the portfolio of research undertaken by SPARC need to be filled, and to define where SPARC needs to be moving to remain responsive to the needs of both its members and the users of SPARC research products. Founded in 1992, SPARC has coordinated high-level research activities related to understanding Earth system processes for over two decades. More specifically, SPARC promotes and facilitates cutting-edge international research activities on how chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere interact with climate and climate change. Research is largely bottom-up driven and contributes significantly to international assessments, such as the assessments of ozone depletion by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Environment (UNEP), as well as the climate assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Find more information at www.sparc-climate.org.
The SPARC General Assembly 2018 will be held back-to-back with Joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium/15th IGAC Science Conference, on 25-29 September 2018, in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan.

Themes of the General Assembly

  1. Connections of Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry to Weather and Climate
  2. Climate Prediction from Weeks to Decades
  3. Role of Atmospheric Dynamics for Climate Variability and Change
  4. Atmospheric Impacts and Interactions Related to Tropical Processes
  5. Advances in Observation and Reanalysis Datasets
  6. SPARC Science for Society
    More detail is available here.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Guy Brasseur, MPI for Meteorology
  • Amy Butler, NOAA
  • Rob Carver, Google Project Loon
  • Daniela Domeisen, ETH Zurich
  • Chaim Garfinkel, Hebrew University
  • Erica Key, Belmont Forum
  • Joowan Kim, Kongju National University
  • Nathaniel Livesey, NASA
  • Daren Lyu, IAP, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Hisashi Nakamura, University of Tokyo
  • Clara Orbe, NASA
  • Lorenzo Polvani, Columbia University
  • Takatoshi Sakazaki, Kyoto University
  • Hans Schlager, DLR

Important dates

Special treatment for the participants attending both SPARC GA and iCACGP/IGAC conferences

Please note that the payment method of registration fees in case of attending both the SPARC GA and iCACGP/IGAC conferences has been changed as follows:

Special treatment for SPARC GA 2018 participants attending only sessions on the last two days of iCACGP/IGAC conference:
The discount registration fee for iCACGP/IGAC conference should be paid through the iCACGP/IGAC conference web page .

Special treatment for iCACGP/IGAC conference participants attending only sessions in the theme 1 of SPARC GA (i.e., Mon to Tue):
The discount registration fee for SPARC GA 2018 should be paid through Standard registration page, which opens on 2 (Mon) July, if you would like to make hotel reservations,   or can be paid on site at SPARC GA registration desk.
To accept this offer, you will need to show the receipt of full registration fee of iCACGP/IGAC conference at SPARC GA registration desk.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Harry Hendon, Australia Bureau of Meteorology
  • Amanda Maycock, University of Leeds
  • Masatomo Fujiwara, Hokkaido University
  • Johann Muller, Agence nationale de la recherche
  • Laura Pan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Olivia Rompainnen-Martius, University of Bern
  • Seok-Woo Son, Seoul National University
  • Don Wuebbles, University of Illinois
  • Paul Young, Lancaster University
  • Tianjun Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Co-chairs of Local Organising Committee

  • Kaoru Sato, University of Tokyo
  • Masato Shiotani, Kyoto University
  • Shigeo Yoden, Kyoto University

Kyoto City Travel Guide

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide     City of Kyoto Visitors Host

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