Scheduled Special Issues

Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate, research in support of the Copernicus/GMES atmospheric service (ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMD Inter-Journal SI)

  • Guest Editors: V.-H. Peuch, R. Engelen, A. Simmons, W. Lahoz, S. Galmarini, and P. Laj
  • Timeline: 08 Jan 2013 – 31 Jul 2014

With the acute societal concerns about air quality, climate change and their effects on health and ecosystems, there is an increasing need for comprehensive, reliable and fast information services on the atmospheric environment. This is also of importance for a range of policy-relevant applications at different scales, from international treaty verification to urban planning for instance. Succeeding to GEMS (Global and regional Earth-system Monitoring using Space and in-situ data) and MACC (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate), MACC-II* (MACC- Interim Implementation) is the third in a series of projects funded since 2005 through the European Union's Seventh Framework programme to build up the atmospheric service component of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) / Copernicus European programme. MACC-II combines the expertise of its 36 partner institutes from 13 European countries to bridge the gap between the meteorological and environmental communities engaged in research and operational service provision. Using the extensive experience of both communities, MACC-II provides information on atmospheric composition using satellite observations, ground-based observations, and state-of-the-art numerical models ( MACC-II not only monitors atmospheric composition over time, but also provides forecasts of air quality, dust storms, fire emissions and solar/UV radiation for a few days ahead both globally and in more detail for Europe. Furthermore, MACC-II supports studies of pollution events and possible responses to mitigate their effects, annual assessments of air quality, and the monitoring of greenhouse gases and their sources and sinks at the Earth's surface. This Special Issue focuses on the world-class research aspects that underpin the continuous development, evaluation and delivery of the GMES/Copernicus services for atmospheric composition.

*: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 THEME [SPA.2011.1.5-02]) under grant agreement n.283576.

EURO-BASIN data compilations for an integrated analysis of living resources in the North Atlantic Ocean

  • Guest Editors: G. Melvin and Y. Luo
  • Timeline: 03 May 2013 – 01 Jul 2014

EURO-BASIN is the European branch of the International BASIN Program (Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & INtegration) focusing on climate and human forcing, ecosystem impact and consequences for living resources management in the North Atlantic. Basin-scale modeling activities for the North Atlantic can already benefit from the recent ESSD special issue about Global distributions of Plankton Functional Types. Complementary to that special issue, EURO-BASIN wishes to publish a series of important data compilations about biogeochemical rates mediated by plankton, biogeography of key plankton species, and estimates of the size, structure, biomass and diet of key fish stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean. These data compilations will contribute to improve the parameterization and validation of basin-scale models.

Changes in the vertical distribution of ozone – the SI2N report (ACP/AMT/ESSD Inter-Journal SI)

  • Guest Editors: P. K. Bhartia, N. Harris, M. Van Roozendael, M. Weber, R. Eckman, D. Loyola, J. Urban, C. von Savigny, M. Dameris, and S. Godin-Beekmann
  • Timeline: 01 Sep 2012 – 30 Sep 2014

In early 2011, a joint initiative was started under the auspices of SPARC, the International Ozone Commission (IO3C), the ozone focus area of the Integrated Global Atmospheric Chemistry Observations (IGACO-O3) programme, and the Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC). To aid digestion, an acronym of acronyms, SI2N, was adopted. Reports on the two workshops were published in SPARC Newsletters 37 and 39 (Harris et al., 2011, 2012 – The main objective of SI2N is to assess and extend the current knowledge and understanding of measurements of the vertical distribution of ozone, with the aim of providing input to the next WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion anticipated for 2014. It is effectively a follow-up of the SPARC/IOC/GAW Ozone Profile Assessment (

Guidelines for submissions:

  • Anything which was or could have been considered for the last Ozone Assessment will not be included.
  • Papers published prior to 2011 will be assessed using the following criteria.
  • The content of the paper must still be valid and not superceded by more recent work.
  • Datasets or technical advances (e.g. algorithm developments) will be looked on more favourably than interpretative papers such as trend analyses (since we assume they will updated if not by the same group.)
  • Comparisons with model data or use in model runs can be included as long as they are using current datasets that will be used in SI2N.
  • If a paper can be reasonably updated, then that is the preferable option.