Joint financing and capacity building
SPARC (Stratospheric Processes and Their Role in Climate) is one of the primary research programmes of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). It researches the role of the stratosphere in the global climate system. Between 2011 and 2017, GAW-CH was a joint funder of the SPARC International Project Office, which was located at the ETH Zurich during that period. Since 2018, it has been based at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. GAW-CH also promotes the development of capacity and competencies (capacity building) in developing countries and emerging economies. Since 1996, for example, it has been supporting regular ozone soundings in Nairobi, Kenya. Alongside financial support, GAW-CH also carries out quality assessments and provides training for the Kenyan team on a regular basis.