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SPARC Newsletter No. 46 Available 29.01.2016

SPARC Newsletter 46The SPARC Newsletter contains news on current SPARC-related research activities, meetings, conferences, and reports... read the newsletter

13th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology 14.01.2016

IMSCpicThe 13th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology will be held in Canmore, Alberta from 6-10 June 2016. The local organizer of the 13th meeting is Dr. Francis Zwiers. This meeting is sponsored by the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium and the World Climate Research Program. For more information click here.

 Robert Ferraro receives NASA Group Achievement Award 06.01.2016

NASA Honor AwardsOn behalf of obs4MIPs, Robert Ferraro from JPL received a NASA Group Achievement Award for 'Innovative leadership and implementation of the Observations for Model Intercomparison Project and its contribution to the international climate research community'.

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Science Highlights

CLIVAR 2016 OSC: Call for Abstracts, Poster Clusters, Town Halls, ECS Symposium and Travel Grants Open 27.01.2016

CLIVAR OSCThe CLIVAR Open Science Conference and Early Career Scientists Symposium (ECSS) will take place from 18-25 September in Qingdao, China. The Conference is now open for abstract, poster cluster and town hall submissions, ECSS applications and travel grants. Deadline for submissions/requests is 15 March 2016. For more information click here.

New article: Toward integrated historical climate research 22.01.2016

wires logoA new article has been published highlighting the importance of integrated multidisciplinary approaches to climate, climate variability and climate change research. Read the article

New article on the Earth System Grid Federation 11.11.2015  AMSLogo

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published an article in August 2015 highlighting the Earth System Grid Federation, titled A Global Repository for Planet-Sized Experiments and Observations. Read the article

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WMO Global Framework for Climate Services


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Future Earth Research for Global Sustainability



IOC Framework for Ocean Observing