WCSSP Southeast Asia

This aims to build capability to underpin services that support weather resilient economic development and social welfare.

This project aims to jointly develop and improve underpinning capability in global and regional forecasting systems, and advance the understanding of high-impact weather events in order to provide better advice and mitigate their socio-economic impacts. WCSSP Southeast Asia is a regional programme currently involving four partner countries: the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The partnership is led in the Philippines by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in Malaysia by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), in Indonesia by the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency, Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika Indonesia (BMKG), and in Vietnam by the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration.                                

The overarching aims of this project are to:             

  • improve the understanding of, and capability to model, large-scale atmospheric processes that influence high impact weather in Southeast Asia;
  • evaluate and develop convective scale models to investigate and improve high impact weather forecasts over Southeast Asia; and
  • develop tools and processes that improve high impact weather advice, meeting user needs.


WCSSP Southeast Asia focuses on three main research areas:


You can find out more about WCSSP Southeast Asia in the case studies below:

Improving predictions of tropical cyclones in Southeast Asia

Developing a global network of science partnerships

Training weather forecasters in Southeast Asia - infographic

WCSSP Southeast Asia research grants awarded April 2020

Following funding calls in October 2019, we are pleased to announce the following awards for new project work under WCSSP Southeast Asia commencing in April 2020:

  • NCAS, University of Reading - Impact of ENSO on TC tracks/intensity and/or predictability (Waves and ENSO: Seasonal Teleconnections to Predict the Activity of Cyclones (WESTPAC))
  • University of Leeds - Behaviour of Mesoscale Convective Systems over SE Asia (Severe Precipitation in South East Asia (SPISEA))
  • NCAS, University of Reading - High impact weather in the context of weather regimes over SE Asia (HIW in context of Weather Regimes)
  • University of Leeds - Develop user-focused modules for the FOREST visualisation tool (Bokeh Annotation & Reporting Component (BARC))
  • UCL - Using social science to explore how forecasters and stakeholders interpret uncertainty in models or warnings

WCSSP Southeast Asia research grants awarded 2019

We are pleased to announce the following award for new project work under WCSSP Southeast Asia commencing in April 2019:

  • Universities of East Anglia, Leeds and Reading - Systematic analysis of realtime forecasts (FORecasting for SouthEast Asia (FORSEA))


WCSSP Southeast Asia was launched in 2016