Climate Science for Service Partnership: China

The Climate Science for Service Partnership: China (CSSP China) is a scientific research programme - led in the UK by the Met Office - that will help build the basis for services to protect against climate variability and prepare for a changing climate.

We have opportunities for research grant funding under the Climate Science for Service Partnership. Current calls for China (CSSP China) are now closed. CSSP Programme research opportunities

Through CSSP China (supported by the BIS UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund) we are developing a strongly bi-lateral partnership between the Met Office, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other key institutes within China and the UK.

The partnership will focus on research and innovation, establishing a firm foundation of cutting-edge science that can underpin the development of climate services to support climate-resilient economic development and social welfare, and enable the UK to develop strong, sustainable and systemic relationships with partner institutions.

The three primary outcomes of the CSSP China will be:

  • A strong strategic partnership between UK and Chinese climate scientists; 
  • Accelerated and enhanced collaborative science R&D programmes;  
  • Climate services, developed in partnership, based on the climate science research & development (R&D) programme.  

The CSSP China will develop a detailed research programme, drawing on the strong scientific foundation of the UK's National Climate Capability and China's climate science research network. The Met Office's role in delivery of the UK's National Climate Capability is supported by and delivered through the DECC and Defra funded Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme.  

Through scientist exchange programmes, workshops, training courses, joint projects and shared PhD positions, CSSP China will maximise the value and impact of our shared capabilities and scientific expertise. This cutting-edge science can then be applied to develop services that help society navigate the challenges of a changing climate.

The focus of the science themes for CSSP China will be: 

  • Monitoring, attribution and reanalysis;
  • Global dynamics of climate variability and change;
  • East Asian climate variability and extremes;
  • Development of models and climate projection system;
  • Climate Services.

The CSSP China will bring mutual benefits to the UK and China's climate science and service development capacity, supporting the continued excellence of the climate science base and leading to further opportunities for collaboration and development of services.

The Met Office is a delivery partner for the Newton Fund and will allocate funding for CSSP China projects through open competition. We will issue calls for proposals for CSSP China projects on this webpage, so please keep checking here if you are interested in the CSSP research themes.

For more information on CSSP China science see the science overview document  CSSP China Overview CSSP China Overview (PDF, 45 kB) or the outcomes of the January 2015 workshop held with our year 1 academic partners  CSSP China academic workshop Jan 2015 CSSP China academic workshop Jan 2015 (PDF, 65 kB)

If you have any questions about CSSP China, email us at

CSSP China comprises five work packages:  

Last updated: 13 May 2015