Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the  SPARC regional workshop on the "Role of the stratosphere in climate variability and prediction" which will be held on 12-13 January 2015 in the Palacio de la Madraza, Granada, Spain, back-to-back with the SPARC SSG meeting (13-16 January 2015).
SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) is a core project of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) that coordinates international efforts to bring knowledge of the stratosphere to bear on relevant issues in climate variability and prediction. SPARC provides expertise in several key areas related to climate variability and climate change, such as dynamical variability, ozone, stratosphere-troposphere dynamical coupling, gravity waves, temperature trends, data assimilation, etc.
Holding a “local workshop” in combination with the annual SPARC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) meeting has become a tradition since the 2007 SSG meeting in Bremen. The purpose of this workshop is to bring international and Iberian SPARC science together, to promote interaction among researchers and to identify the main SPARC-related research topics of relevance to the Iberian region.

The local workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Session 1: Climate-chemistry interactions 

(invited speakers: Hauke Schmidt, Natalia Calvo)

  • Session 2: Observed and modeled changes of the middle atmosphere

(invited speakers: Michelle Santee, Omaira García)

  • Session 3:  Stratosphere-troposphere coupling

(invited speakers: Mark Baldwin,  José Castanheira)

  • Session 4:  Seasonal and decadal variability/predictions

(invited speakers: Adam Scaife, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes)

Please join us for a lively and stimulating workshop to discuss the newest advances in the understanding of the role of the stratosphere in climate variability and prediction, and enjoy Granada with its Alhambra and its beautiful surrounding.

Looking forward to seing you in Granada!

Scientific committee:

  • Lucas Alados-Arboledas  (Universidad de Granada)
  • Natalia Calvo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Emilio Cuevas (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, AEMET)
  • Bernd Funke (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC)
  • Manuel Gil Ojeda  (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, INTA)
  • Luis Gimeno (Universidad de Vigo)
  • Manuel López-Puertas (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC)

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Lucas Alados-Arboledas (Universidad de Granada)
  • Bernd Funke (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC)
  • Manuel López-Puertas  (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC)