WCSSP South Africa

What is the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership South Africa?

The Weather and Climate Science for Services Partnership project in South Africa is a collaborative initiative between the Met Office and the South African Weather Service (SAWS). It is focusing on pulling fundamental science through to support the development of new and enhanced applied services, aiming to assist economic development as well as protecting life and property through improved weather services. 

WCSSP South Africa is building on the strong existing partnership between the Met Office and SAWS, which is underpinned by use of the Unified Model (UM) for weather forecasting. SAWS is the first UM partner national meteorological service on the African continent, and this project is further strengthening links between the UK and South Africa, creating a sustainable relationship for long-term collaboration. 

The overarching aims of WCSSP South Africa are to: 

  • underpin Science development by evaluating and developing high resolution models to improve the prediction of high-impact weather; 

  • strengthen institutional capability by developing data services and analytical skills to effectively use model output; and 

  • develop the capacity to support development of user-led weather services and enhance impact-based forecasting. 

WCSSP South Africa focuses on three main research areas: 

  1. Work package 1: Underpinning Science development 

  1. Work package 2: Strengthening Institutional Capability 

  1. Work package 3: User-led applications 

WCSSP South Africa research grants awarded – March 2020

Following the publication of a call in October 2019, we are pleased to announce the following award for new project work under WCSSP South Africa commencing in April 2020: 

University of Plymouth - Marine and coastal applications 

WCSSP South Africa was launched in July 2014