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WCSSP India research opportunities


There are currently two funding opportunities for the WCSSP India project. 

Call reference: DN440071

Grant Funds for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
up to a maximum of £200,000

Call for competition for: Near-real time and post-event impact data collection and vulnerability assessment from earth observation data 


Call reference: DN440073

Grant Funds for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
up to a maximum of £200,000

Call for competition for: Developing metrics and diagnostics for assessing regional km-scale ocean dynamics


Met Office tendering on behalf of BEIS. 

Bids invited for: WCSSP India

Please note that these opportunities are open to UK researchers only.

Key dates:
Bidding deadline: 11 December 2019, 12 noon
Estimated award of call: End of January 2020
Estimated delivery period: 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021

WCSSP India aims to: Build and harness strong, sustainable science and innovation partnerships that advance scientific understanding and modelling capabilities that can be translated into services that protect lives and livelihoods across India. 

The focus of the work is around the ability to model high impact weather from hours to a season ahead and inform services that help reduce exposure to damaging weather and climate impacts (i.e. disaster risk reduction). Key hazards in India include: South Asian summer monsoon bringing flooding, lightning and landslides; tropical cyclones bringing heavy rains, storm surges/flooding and strong winds; drought, heatwaves and coldwaves; hail and dust storms.  
Project Objectives 
•    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 (EPS) 
•    Support development of improved prototype forecast products 

Work Packages 

1.    Seamless ensemble coupled system development across scales 
2.    Model & Observation evaluation of monsoon processes & hazards 
3.    Risk based forecasting & high impact weather/seasonal events 

Call details DN440071

Near-real time and post-event impact data collection and vulnerability assessment from earth observation data 
Activity description:  

In contrast to meteorological observations, data describing the socio-economic impacts of weather-related events are not normally collected in a consistent or systematic manner. This research will seek to develop a methodology for the regular collection of impact information from earth observation data, in near-real time and in post-disaster situations. The method will allow for the detection of damages (e.g. to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture) associated with heavy rainfall and flooding events in India and will allow key information, such as the damage density (e.g. number of properties damaged or destroyed), severity and footprint to be collected and recorded within a database. 

The collection of this information for a selection of case histories will demonstrate a suitable processing approach, which can be used not only for case histories, but could also run routinely so that information can be collected regularly to support hazard impact model development and evaluation. In addition, the research should look to review approaches for integrating impact observations into hazard impact models to provide improvements for the initialisation of vulnerability and impact scenarios. This will support dynamic vulnerability assessment and improve situational awareness of the event which can enhance hazard impact model forecast outputs and early warning. Key questions are: to what extent earth observation data can support real-time impact observation; which processing techniques are most useful for the routine and systematic collection of impact observations and can the collected information be used to update vulnerability datasets and impact assessment for improved forecasting and warning. 

Anticipated outputs or results:  
1.    The development and testing of processing methods to routinely capture impact observations from earth observation data 
2.    A database of impact observations derived from earth observation sources (based on 1 or more case studies)
3.    Develop the code-base which would allow the routine running of the above identified, suitable approach for impact data collection 
4.    Identify and assess techniques to integrate impact observations (obtained from earth observation data) into impact models to provide improvements for the dynamic initialisation of vulnerability and impact scenarios. 
5.    Knowledge transfer to Indian partners (e.g. IMD, NCCR)


Call details: DN440073

Developing metrics and diagnostics for assessing regional km-scale ocean dynamics 

Activity description:  
As both the resolution and complexity of regional ocean models increases, their ability to simulate a variety of finer-scale processes and interactions is improving. Novel evaluation approaches are however required in order to better assess the skill of km-scale regional ocean models, to gain insights beyond more traditional metrics (e.g. Root Mean Square Errors of surface temperature relative to in-situ observations) such as currently used for operational ocean assessments or global-scale ocean evaluation. 
This project will aim to develop novel evaluation methodologies, delivered through a flexible, shareable, and configurable toolkit. Demonstration of its application will be focussed on assessment of the skill of a new km-scale regional ocean model configuration developed within the WCSSP India collaboration as part of a regional coupled prediction system. 
Proposals should describe both the technical solution to be developed, and the scientific approach for assessing the ability of regional ocean models to simulate key dynamical processes.  

Anticipated outputs or results:  
1.    Evaluation toolkit enabling assessment of regional ocean model dynamics 
2.    Development of novel approaches for km-scale regional ocean model assessment  
3.    Knowledge transfer to Indian Partners (e.g. INCOIS, NCMRWF, NCCR) 


Background on the Newton Fund WCSSP Programme
The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.  
The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 7 UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation (comprising the 7 research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. For further information visit the Newton Fund website ( and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund  
The Met Office is administering the Newton Fund through under the wider Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme (WCSSP). The WCSSP Programme is developing a global network of projects that harness the scientific expertise needed to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability. This network accelerates our scientific understanding of the challenges presented by a changing and changeable climate and strengthens our shared ability to develop innovative services that reduce, or manage, societies’ exposure – creating a ‘global community around a shared challenge’. 
For more information see the programme web pages and follow via Twitter: @MetOfficeww 


The call documents will specify any eligibility requirements which must be met by the organisation submitting a bid, for example, all WCSSP call bidders must be a UK operating and registered academic/research organisation.

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