2nd Workshop "Long-term Changes and Trends in the Atmosphere"

2-6 July 2001

The 2nd "Pune Workshop" is focuse on long-term trends in the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere, but includes also trends in the stratosphere and troposphere. As the list of invited speakers illustrates, the primary focus is on the trends in the mesosphere. One of the primary goals is to help to distinguish between trends of anthropogenic and natural origin, another important goal is to summarize current observational information on trends in various parameters. Experimental as well as model studies are invited. 

The Workshop is organized by the joint working group of IAGA - ICMA/IAMAS - PSMOS/SCOSTEP "Long-term Trends in the Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere" and co-organized by SPARC. It is 
financially sponsored by IUGG and SPARC, co-sponsored by EGS and other co-sponsors are expected/negotiated. 
The Workshop is held just the week before the IAMAS Assembly in nearby Innsbruck.

Programme Committee: G. Beig (India), M.-L. Chanin (France), A.D. Danilov (Russia), Dr. Jan Lastovicka (Czech Republic - chairman), J. Stegman (Sweden), G. Thomas (USA)
Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Josef Boska, Dr. Dalia Buresova - secretary, Dr. Jan Lastovicka - chairman, Mgr. Petra Sauli

Thanks to financial support by IUGG and SPARC, there are some limited resources to support attendance of selected scientists.

Refereed Proceedings will be published in the EGS journal Physics and Chemistry of the Earth,  Part III Solar-Terrestrial and Planetary Physics.

Abstract deadline:  30 April 2001
Early bid (= cheaper) registration fee deadline:  April 1, 2001

Travel information
Registration (fees, supports)
abstracts (deadline, format, submission)
Invited speakers (topics)
Guidlines for authors (Physics and Chemistry of the Earth)


Prague is particularly well served by a wide variety of accommodation from rooms in students dormitory near the University Campus to the first class hotels in the city centre.

  • basic rooms (2 per flat) in students dormitory in Troja (5 minutes walk from Workshop area) - approx. 12-15 USD
Somewhat further away from campus there are the following options:
  • In the walking distance, there are many pensions, all with en suite facilities - aprox 25-80 USD
  • There are planty of rooms in all categories and prices in hotels in the city.


Breakfasts are included in all types of accommodation except the self-catering flats in students dormitory. A two-course lunch meal at the University Campus costs aprox. 2-4 USD. Other dining facilities at the University Campus will be available in the restaurants of the University Building or in Students Dormitory.

Travel to Prague
Prague is well accesible by air, train, car and/or bus (regular lines from various European towns).

The air gate to the Czech Republic is Prague International Airport (PRG). The airport called Ruzyne is located on the northwest edge of the city.

To reach the city center use the buses leaving the airport from in front of the Arrival Terminal:

It is easy to get to the Czech Republic from all major European cities by train. Remember, in summer the international trains tend to be full and you should book your seat at least a few weeks ahead. Most international trains arrive at Praha Hlavni Nadrazi (Main Station). A few go to Praha Holesovice or to Praha Smichov or to Praha Masarykovo Nadrazi. All these stations have metro stops and are easy accessible.

Bus is the cheapest way to travel across Europe. Czech Republic has connection from/to major European cities several times a week. Most international buses arrive to Prague to Florenc (Main Station), where you can find the schedules, fares and some travel agencies. A few buses go to Roztyly. Both stations have metro stops and are easy accessible.


Participants are kindly asked to contact the nearest Czech Consulate/Embassy and check whether they need visa to enter the Czech Republic.Participants who originate from a country where visa are requiered to enter the Czech Republic must apply for them. The Local Organizing Committee is ready to help you in case of visa problems. Participants from European Union countries, majority of other European countries, USA, Canada, Japan and several other countries don't need visa.
(Detailed information)

Social Events

A rich variety of cultural opportunities (concerts, theatre performances etc.) is offered to participants and their accompanying persons by the city of Prague. In Prague and its vicinity you can find many historical castles, monasteries and churches.
Free-of-charge social events:

City of Prague

Praha (Prague) is the largest and most important town of the Czech Republic. Since the 9th century it has been the capital (metropolis) of the country without interruption. It is  situated between 49°56' and 50°10' N, 14°13' and 14°42' E. The town covers an area 496,12 km2. Its highest point lies 399 m, the lowest 177 m above sea level. The old part of Prague is one ot the three cultural reservations of UNESCO in the Czech Republic.

For information contact:
Dalia Buresova 
Institute of Atmospheric Physics 
Bocni II/1401 
141 31 Prague 4 
Czech Republic 

tel: 420-2-72764336/114 
fax: 420-2-72763745

Dr. Jan Lastovicka 
Institute of Atmospheric Physics 
Bocni II/1401 
141 31 Prague 4 
Czech Republic 

e-mail: JLA@UFA.CAS.CZ
tel: 420-2-67103055 
fax: 420-2-72762528

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