SPARC Gravity wave initiative / ISSI
The Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) program is a subdivision of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which coordinates world wide activities in climate research and formulates recommendations based on the common understanding of the scientific community. As we gain a higher level of understanding, more detailed knowledge on climate change and prediction on the synoptic and regional scale is requested. Recent results of climate chemistry models have demonstrated that the dynamical downward coupling from the stratosphere is essential for understanding the synoptic and regional behaviour of the Earth's troposphere and surface climate.
The aim of the SPARC gravity wave initiative is to bring together experts from the fields of measurement techniques and global modeling in order to provide a consistent set of observational constraints suited to guide climate modelers. Focus is on such measurement techniques which can provide informations on at least large parts of the globe. The role of gravity waves for the stratosphere and the current knowledge on gravity waves and available measurement techniques was reviewed by Alexander et al, QJRMS, 2010. Most recently work was coordinated in an ISSI team (http://www.issibern.ch/teams/gravitywave/index.html) which prepares further review papers on global constraints and model-measurement comparisons.