Scientific Sessions

Over the course of three days we will cover the following topics:

Both big and small!  This session will include past, present, planned and proposed satellite missions that include a limb sounding component.  Several invited talks will be on limb missions of the near future, including SAGE III on ISS, MATS from Sweden, and the ESA ALTIUS mission.  We will also hear from team members from key missions that helped to form the extensive limb data record over the past two decades, including MIPAS, SAGE II/III, SCIAMACHY, MLS, ACE-FTS, Odin-OSIRIS, MAESTRO, Odin-SMR, OMPS-LP, and more.   Submissions on new limb instrument design concepts, and aircraft and balloon campaign results are encouraged.

Possibly more than any other region of the atmosphere, limb measurements have been essential in advancing our understanding of the stratosphere.  Contributions covering all aspects of the application of the limb technique to stratospheric science are welcome, particularly including trace gas and aerosol retrieval algorithms, data validation and merging, process and trend studies, assimilation, and model diagnosis.

Explorations of this rich and tenuous region of the atmosphere with limb measurements have a long history, yet there are many important remaining science questions to be explored.  Presentations on the use of limb measurements to further the understanding of the mesosphere, including impulsive and cyclic solar variations, response to wave forcing, energetic coupling, and trends are welcome.  Limb measurements have played an important role in detailed studies of polar mesospheric clouds, and new results on this topic are encouraged.

Limb measurements have a big role to play in furthering our understanding of this complex and important region of the atmosphere, which is characterized by steep concentration gradients, competing chemical and transport processes, and large temporal and spatial variability.  We anticipate presentations on new measurements of the UTLS, and the use of limb observations together with models to explore the impact of stratosphere-troposphere exchange on air quality, explain variability, derive trends, and further our understanding of the role of the UTLS in climate.

We plan to solicit presentations from space agencies and programmes that are involved with limb sounding missions, particularly including NASA, ESA, CSA, and several current and emerging initiatives of the Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) of the World Climate Research Programme.


The workshop runs from June 12-14, 2017.  It will take place in the Centre Room of the Sheraton Cavalier in downtown Saskatoon. The conference programs can be downloaded here:

In addition to five great scientific sessions, the workshop also includes three social activities:

  • Day 1 - Ice Breaker at the Metric Garden Lounge (Delta Bessborough Hotel)
  • Day 2 - Excursion of your choice or free time in the afternoon (see Excursions below)
  • Day 3 - Dinner Banquet at the Top of the Inn (Sheraton Cavalier)


Day 2 - Tuesday afternoon there will be the option to sign up for an excursion or have free time to explore the city.  The following activities are available:

Golf 18 holes at the Willows Golf and Country Club

1:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Cost: approx. $134

This cost includes rental clubs, a golf cart, and transportation to the golf course.

Please bring your own golf shoes or runners.  The golf course has a dress code.  We will take our lunch to go from the Sheraton and leave the hotel by 1:00 pm.  Tee time is 1:45 pm.  Refreshments are available for purchase at the golf course.  At the end of the game, we will return to the hotel and disperse for supper.  If there is interest, we can eat at the club house.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Cost: approx. $32

This cost includes renting the canoes and life jackets, as well as drinks and snacks.

After lunch we will take a leisurely walk (approximately 30 minutes) along the South Saskatchewan River to the Saskatoon Rowing Club.  There we will begin our scenic trip upstream along the South Saskatchewan River.  Canoeing time will be approximately 2 hours.  Water and snacks will be provided.  Then we will return to the hotel.  No experience is required.

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Cost: approx. $58

This cost includes bike and helmet rentals, as well as drinks and snacks. 

We will begin our tour along the Meewasin Trail after lunch at 1:30 pm.  The ride will include a scenic tour of the South Saskatchewan River and the various bridges of Saskatoon.

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Cost: approx. $34

This cost includes transportation, admission, a tour, as well as drinks and snacks. 

To start, we will watch a traditional First Nations dance.  Then, we will take a tour that steps back in time with one of the interpretive guides on the Path of the Northern Plains Indigenous People.  This walk incorporates the archaeological story of Wanuskewin and will give you a glimpse of what life was like on the prairie long ago.  The tour is approximately 1 hour. Then, you can feel free to explore the exhibits.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Cost: FREE

This includes an historical walking tour of the University of Saskatchewan. 

Voted one of Canada's most beautiful campuses! We will walk along the South Saskatchewan River to the University campus after lunch (approximately 30 minutes).  The tour will be approximately 1.5 hours.  Your docent will highlight the university’s history, important achievements, and unique architecture.

Take time to relax and explore all that Saskatoon has to offer!  Check out our suggested activities here.