It is advancing scientific understanding and modelling capabilities that can be translated into services, to protect lives and livelihoods across India.

WCSSP India is a collaborative initiative between the Met Office and the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), supported by the UK Government’s Newton Fund. It builds on existing partnerships between the Met Office and MoES institutes such as the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and India Meteorological Department (IMD) and aims to expand to include other MoES institutes such as the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) and the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR)

WCSSP India focuses on the modelling of high impact weather to inform services that help reduce exposure to damaging weather and climate impacts i.e. disaster risk reduction.

The overarching aims of WCSSP India are to:

  • understand the needs for disaster management associated with multiple risks in India and utilise this to shape the science and technical developments of the project;
  • develop a shared research programme into the drivers of severe weather/climate;
  • improve the underpinning skill of global and convective-scale numerical models, data assimilation and ensemble prediction systems; and
  • support development of improved prototype forecast products.

WCSSP India focuses on three main research areas:

  • Work package 1: Seamless Coupled System Development across Scales
  • Work package 2: Model & Observation Evaluation of Monsoon Processes and Hazards
  • Work package 3: Risk-Based Forecasting & High-Impact Weather/Seasonal Events


WCSSP India research grants awarded – July 2019
Following the publication of calls in March 2019, we are pleased to announce the following awards for new project work under WCSSP India commencing in September 2019:


  • University of Reading/National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) - Convective scale regional coupled environmental prediction model evaluation and development
  • University of Leeds - Fog – Land, Boundary Layer & Aerosol processes
  • University of Reading/National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) - Orographic Precipitation
  • University of Reading/National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) - Coupled Prediction of the Indian Monsoon – mechanisms for seasonal variability
  • University of Birmingham - Research on statistical post processing techniques for heavy rainfall forecasts in India
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Research into methods to collect data on socio-economic impacts of severe weather events in India
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) - Impact scenario modelling for risk-based flood warning in India

Read this press release on the WCSSP India project and its work to gain a greater understanding of the South Asian summer monsoon.

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