Workshop on Storm Tracks: 24-28 August 2015, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2015
Registration deadline: 24 July 2015
Accommodation deadline: please book hotels as early as possible


The 3rd SPARC DynVar Workshop has taken place jointly with the 1st SPARC SNAP Workshop, 22-26 April 2013, in Reading, England, UK.


Assessing and Understanding the Impact of Stratospheric Dynamics and Variability on the Earth System. Gerber et al 2012, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society


SPARC DynVar Activity Stratosphere-Troposphere Coupling Poster Cluster @ WCRP OSC 2011


SPARC DynVar on CLIVAR Exchange:
Stratosphere-resolving Models in CMIP5
Manzini et al 2011, p29



DynVar is an international working group on the modelling of the dynamics and variability of the stratosphere-troposphere system. DynVar focuses on the interactions between atmospheric variability, dynamics and climate change, with a particular emphasis on the two-way coupling between the troposphere and the stratosphere. To this end, DynVar promotes the development and use of coupled atmosphere-ocean-seaice general circulation models, with the atmospheric component extending to above the stratopause. The key questions addressed by the activity are:

•How do dynamical processes contribute to persistent model biases in the mean state and variability of the atmosphere, including biases in the position, strength, and statistics of blocking events, storm tracks and the stratospheric polar vortex?

•How does the stratosphere affects climate variability at intra-seasonal, inter-annual and decadal time scales?

•What is the role of dynamics in shaping the climate response to anthropogenic forcings (e.g. global warming, ozone depletion) and how do dynamical processes contribute to uncertainty in future climate projections?

DynVar has been active in the assessment of the stratosphere mean climate, variability and change and of the stratosphere-troposphere dynamical coupling in the climate models that participated in the latest set of climate projections, carried out under the fifth Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP5). On discerning the role of the stratosphere on intraseasonal time scales, initiatives within DynVar analyses the stratospheric seasonal prediction hindcasts produced as part of WGSIP's Stratosphere Historical Forecast Project (SHFP).

The use of simplified models and more theoretical approaches to build the knowledge of two-way stratosphere-troposphere coupling is also an important component of the activity. DynVar is as well extending its focus to tropospheric dynamics, storm tracks, jets, blocking and their modes of variability, with the aim of reaching a comprehensive understanding of the troposphere-stratosphere system variability and change. These activities within DynVar connect most closely to the WCRP Grand Challenge on Clouds, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity.

DynVar has links with other ongoing SPARC activities, including CCMI, Gravity WavesSNAP, S-RIP, and SOLARIS-HEPPA

DynVar organises community workshops every ~3 years. The next workshop is planned for summer 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.



Manzini, E., et al (2013) Report on the 3rd SPARC DynVar Workshop on Modelling the Dynamics and Variability of the Stratosphere-Troposphere System, SPARC Newsletter 41, 40-43.

Gerber, E.,  et al (2012) Assessing and understanding the impact of stratospheric dynamics and variability. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 93, 845-859. DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00145.1

Manzini, E., et al (2011) Report on the SPARC DynVar Workshop 2 on Modelling the Dynamics and Variability of the Stratosphere-Troposphere System, SPARC Newsletter 36, 19-22.

Kushner, P.J., et al. (2009) SPARC Dynamics and Variability Project (DynVar): Plans and Status, SPARC Newsletter 32, 13-16.

Kushner, P.J., et al. (2007) The SPARC DynVar Project: A SPARC Project on the Dynamics and Variability of the Coupled Stratosphere-Troposphere System, SPARC Newsletter 29, 9-14.