SPARC General Assembly 2018

1 - 5 October 2018
Kyoto, Japan

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

  • Amy Butler, NOAA, USA
  • Rob Carver, Google, USA
  • Nathaniel Livesey, NASA, USA
  • Hisashi Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Clara Orbe, NASA, USA
  • Lorenzo Polvani, Columbia University, USA
  • Takatoshi Sakazaki, University of Hawaii, USA

Important dates

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 SPARC GA 2018 web page
  • 1 (Sun) April 2018: Abstract submission closes
  • 15 (Sun) April 2018: Early-bird registration opens
  • 1 (Sun) July 2018: Early-bird registration closes
  • 2 (Sun) September 2018: Standard registration closes

Special treatment for iCACGP/IGAC conference participants
attending only sessions on the first day of SPARC GA 2018

  • The discount registration fee for SPARC GA 2018 should be paid through
    the iCACGP/IGAC conference web page
  • 1 (Sun) April 2018: Abstract submission closes
  • 15 (Sun) April 2018: Early-bird registration opens
  • 30 (Sat) June 2018: Early-bird registration closes
  • 11 (Tue) September 2018: Standard registration closes

Scientific Organising Committee

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

Co-chairs of Local Organising Committee

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