Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific, was overwhelmed at
how much new science was revealed at the
Stratosphere-troposphere Processes and their Role in
Climate (SPARC) general assembly in Queenstown last month.
An Alexandra climate scientist has applied for funding to
work with Google engineers to make scientific use of data
collected using large balloons that will float in the
Google project, Project Loon, is designed to provide
worldwide internet connectivity to remote regions of the
Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific, said the data
collected would be useful for his ongoing research and data
analysis of atmospheric changes. He and his team comprised
the local organising committee for a major international
climate change general assembly in Queenstown last month,
where the project was described by a visiting engineer from
Nearly 300 international and national climate scientists
attended the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes and their
Role in Climate (SPARC) general assembly. Dr Bodeker is the
outgoing co-chairman of SPARC, which was established in 1992
and is one of the four core projects in the World Climate
He said the conference focused on two layers of the earth's
atmosphere - the stratosphere and troposphere, how they
interact and their importance in the world's climate. There
were 52 oral presentations and about 400 poster
presentations, covering a range of topics from the ozone
layer to Antarctic sea-ice and global warming.
''It was overwhelming just how much new science there was,''
Dr Bodeker said.
''I found it really interesting but I was really exhausted
He said there were some ''really exciting'' presentations
made. He said key measurements of essential climate variables
needed to be maintained because, without the necessary data,
scientists would not be able to detect and mitigate long-term
impacts of human activities on the environment.
''How can you manage the quality of water in rivers or
climate change if you don't measure it? ''Every country says
making the measurements is important but far too often few
are prepared to fund such long-term monitoring programmes.''
The Bodeker Scientific team gave four presentations,
including details of research team member Stefanie Kremser is
doing on the changes in the carbonylsulfide in the
atmosphere. Dr Bodeker also presented a poster on the role of
the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference
Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) for measuring and observing the
climate system and climate change in the upper atmosphere. He
is one of GRUAN's co-leaders.