23 Feb 2017
Workshop on the Measurement of Stratospheric Aerosol

SPARC's Stratospheric Sulfur and its Role in Climate (SSiRC) activity is sponsoring a workshop focused on facilitating communications and collaborations among scientists responsible for observations of stratospheric aerosol by in situ, ground-based and space-based instruments. See Meetings...

9 Nov 2016
New SSiRC initiative Volcano Response Plan after the next major eruption

The SSiRC activity has started a new initiative called Volres "Volcano Response Plan after the next major eruption" to prepare a plan for the next major volcanic eruption. This plan aims to raise the science questions behind the chemical and climate impacts of large volcanic eruptions to define measurement and modeling strategies which will augment our knowledge and can be used to forecast and mitigate their impacts on earth. For further information please contact Jean Paul Vernier ( or Claudia Timmreck (

Volcano Response Plan Forum
Volcano Activity Forum

14 Jan 2016
SSiRC Workshop 25-28 Apr 2016 in Potsdam, Travel support is opened! See Meetings/Registration.

August 2015
An extensive balloon campaign (BATAL-15) was performed this summer throughout India (Gadanki (South), Hyderabad (Center) and Varanasi (North) and in Saudi-Arabia (Thuwal). About 25 balloons were launched in total with instruments ranging from 1 kg to 40 kg including small and large OPCs, aerosol sampler, COBALD backscatter sonde, Cryogenic Frost Point Hygrometer, CO sensor and ozonesondes.

13 May 2015
The Model Intercomparison Project on the climatic response to Volcanic forcing (VolMIP) has been endorsed as CMIP6 activity

27-30 April 2015
SSiRC SSG Meeting took place at ISSI in Bern, Switzerland

22-26 September 2014
SSiRC SSG Meeting took place at ISSI in Bern, Switzerland

08 October 2014
A model intercomparison project to study the climate response to volcanic forcing has been established VolMIP
An application for VolMIP to be endorsed for CMIP6 has been recently sent out.

August 2014
Field Campaign KLAsh: Rapid Response to Volcanic Eruption

May 2014
Field Campaign BATAL: Balloon characterization of the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer