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Research Opportunities


31 January 2013


Call for Letters of Intent for SCOPE-CM (SCM) Projects

The Executive Panel of SCOPE-CM is calling for "letters of intent" for SCOPE-CM (SCM) projects aiming at advancing the maturity of Climate Data Records (CDRs) constructed from satellite data. Research Institutions as well as satellite operators and space agencies (operational and research) can be involved in SCM Projects, as detailed below:

  • Address user needs, such as coming from analysis of climate variability and trends, model-based reanalysis, climate modeling and evolving (environmental and) climate services
  • Address the generation of satellite CDRs (including Essential Climate Variables as identified by GCOS) from multi-agency satellite data and/or employing several satellite CDR generation capabilities and/or several algorithms
  • Aim at increased maturity in CDR generation through coordination and cooperation across space agencies, participating institutions and organizational boundaries
  • Expect to benefit from SCOPE-CM coordination among space agencies as well as other relevant international organizations and initiatives

The goal for the 2013 call for Letters of intent is to:

  • Enable and support coordination and cooperation activities to increase maturity of satellite CDR capabilities
  • Transfer activities of the SCOPE-CM Pilot Projects of Phase I (2009-2012) into Phase 2
  • Foster the extension of the network with respect to participating institutes and groups, geophysical parameters (ECVs) and satellite sensor data
  • Foster the collaboration between research institutions and satellite agencies in CDR generation
  • Answer to priorities and opportunities identified by the relevant communities

The Letters of Intent should be e-mailed to the SCOPE-CM Secretariat ( no later than 31 January 2013.



1 February 2013


Request for Prepoposals for Scientific Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARM Climate Research Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy welcomes preproposals from all scientists worldwide for use of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. Scientists can propose to use any of the research sites—the Southern Great Plains, Tropical Western Pacific, North Slope of Alaska—and the ARM Mobile Facilities or ARM Aerial Facility (AAF). In fiscal year 2014, two new ARM facilities will open: the Eastern North Atlantic and a third ARM Mobile Facility will begin a deployment at Oliktok Point, Alaska. Please consider submitting campaign proposals for these locations now. Priority will be given to proposals that make comprehensive use of the ARM facilities and focus on long-term goals of the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Preproposals are due February 1, 2013.  Submit preproposals online through the field campaign form at



12 May 2013


Alpine Summer School: Climate Change and the Mountain Environment

The Italian-French summer school on "Fundamental processes in geophysical fluid dynamics and the climate system" is organized each year by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) - CNR (Turin, Italy) and by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France). This summer school is devoted to understanding how the mountain environment is changing in response to climate variability and the global temperature rise, with specific emphasis on monitoring current conditions, reconstructing past variability, and developing projections for future decades. Specific focus themes of the lectures are: (1) atmospheric circulation and air quality in high-altitude areas, including the role of aerosols, pollution and the properties of precipitation; (2) changes in the hydrological cycle in mountain regions, with a specific attention to snow and glacier dynamics; (3) ecosystems and biodiversity in high-altitude areas and their response to climate and environmental change; and (4) reconstruction of past variability in mountain regions by ice and sediment core data; (5) climate modeling in mountain regions. The Course will be held from the 18th to the 28th of June, 2013 at the Conference Center at the City Hall of Valsavarenche, a small village at about 1500 meters above the sea-level in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Aosta Valley, Italy.