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The Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme comprises projects to develop partnerships harnessing UK scientific expertise to build the basis for strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability, supported by the UK government's Newton Fund.



CSSP China calls – March/April 2017

CALLS CLOSED: In addition to the research grants around air quality, UK researchers were invited to apply for four more research grants around urban and climate services themes. To learn more visit our research opportunities page

CSSP China calls - February 2017

CALLS CLOSED: UK researchers were asked to apply for two research grants around air quality under the Newton Fund CSSP China programme.  Opportunity one involves research into the impacts of air quality on agriculture and ecosystems and opportunity two involves research into air quality service requirements in China. To learn more visit our research opportunities page.

WCSSP South Africa visit - November 2016

The WCSSP South Africa project delivery team visited our South African partners - the South African Weather Service (SAWS) – in Pretoria this month. The visit included a number of  presentations to the South African Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Environmental Affairs to demonstrate the progress of the collaboration.

WCSSP Southeast Asia call - October 2016

We are in the process of establishing a Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership for Southeast Asia, supported by the UK government's Newton Fund. Requests for proposals for UK researchers to apply for grants this programme closed on 18 November. The research proposal was around the need to improve global and convective scale Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) over Southeast Asia. To learn more visit our research opportunities page.

CSSP Brazil calls - October 2016

Brazil Amazon rainforest

Requests for proposals for UK researchers to apply for grants under the Newton Fund CSSP Brazil programme closed on 31 October. There were four calls around: vegetation climate modelling; in-situ forest observations and measurements; regional observations and measurements; and attribution of impacts and extremes for disaster risk reduction. To learn more visit our research opportunities page.

UK China Innovation is GREAT Showcase - September 2016

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The UK China Innovation is GREAT Showcase takes place in Shanghai today (23 September). UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, made the opening address in which he highlighted the importance of working together and sharing expertise. He also announced that the Newton Fund programme in China has so far committed £200m across 37 joint programmes and supported over 220 partnerships of which the Climate Science for Service Partnership China is one. As part of the series of events involving Chinese and UK academic and business organisations, Professor Stephen Belcher, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, made a presentation on the achievements of CSSP China to-date.

CSSP China annual science workshop - September 2016

Annual science workshop

On 5 - 7 September the Met Office hosted the third annual Newton Fund CSSP China scientific workshop. Partners from across China and the UK attended, including representatives from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP), and UK and Chinese universities.

The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to share highlights of the project so far and to plan the future scientific direction, focusing on drawing through the scientific advances made in the project to climate services.

Skillful seasonal prediction of East Asian summer rainfall - August 2016

Yellow River and Hukou Falls

Environmental Research Letters has published a paper from work package two of CSSP China - Global dynamics of climate variability and change. The joint paper, led by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) shows that the Met Office seasonal forecasting model has skill at predicting summer rainfall over the Yangtze River basin. This suggests the model could be useful in delivering early risk warning of floods and droughts over East Asia.

Professor Belcher takes part in Brazil biodiversity lecture series - August 2016


Professor Stephen Belcher brings his climate expertise to the biodiversity debate in Brazil during a series of lectures being run by British House, Rio. The session - 'Is the climate debate settled' - focuses on what climate change means for us and the natural environment. Professor Belcher continues the debate at a further lecture at the Museum of Tomorrow.

Climate science and the Amazon - August 2016

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This edition of Barometer online looks at how the research being done under the Newton Fund CSSP Brazil initiative is focusing on interactions between the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and the world's climate. Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, Professor Stephen Belcher describes the fascinating two-way relationship.

New paper links heatwaves to ocean temperatures - July 2016

Heatwaves and sea surface temperature

A CSSP China paper, led by the National Oceanography Centre, has discovered a new link which may help to provide advance warning of likely European summer heatwaves in the future. The paper shows that most of the extreme European heatwaves since the 1980s have followed cold sea surface temperatures in a region of the North Atlantic Ocean.

These cold North Atlantic temperatures could lead to changes in global atmospheric patterns with possible effects on China and East Asia, which will be explored in future CSSP China work. The link identified could also be applied to East Asia to see if similar ocean conditions in the North Pacific Ocean are linked to heatwaves over China.    

Scoping the climate needs of the Chinese water sector - July 2016

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There is significant scope for improving engagement and communication between providers and users of climate services in the Chinese water sector. This is the finding from a recent CSSP China study, led by Intasave Caribsave, who interviewed a number of stakeholders operating in the Yellow River Basin.

CSSP China climate services working group - July 2016

CSSP China WP5

The CSSP China Work Package 5 (Climate Services) working group met today (July 14) to discuss a number of key issues including water resources and the Yellow River. Represented were Met Office scientists, the University of Reading and Intasave. Met Office Head of Climate Service Development, and Work Package 5 Lead - Chris Hewitt - commented: "Being able to work together with partners on key issues like urbanisation, water supply and drought means we can deliver the very best results under the CSSP China programme".

Newton Prize to recognise world-leading science and innovation - June 2016

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Jo Johnson, UK Minister for Universities and Science has announced an annual £1 million Newton Prize. The award will recognise the Newton Fund's best science / innovation promoting economic development and social welfare in partner countries. It will be divided each year between five Newton funded research partnerships or teams, each from a different partner country.

Visit from CMA and IAP - June 2016

CMA visit

On 15 June, our chief executive Rob Varley hosted a visit from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) - partners in the Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) China.

Also in attendance was the First Secretary of the Science and Technology Section at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, based in London. Professor Stephen Belcher, Director of Met Office Hadley Centre gave an overview of CSSP China highlighting the importance of developing the science needed to build climate services that support climate-resilient economic development and social welfare.

Photograph of Rob Varley, Met Office CEO and Mr SHEN Xiaonong, Deputy Administrator of China Meteorological Administration

Strong, strategic, sustainable: WCSSP South Africa - April 2016

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In this edition of Barometer online, John Faragher, Head of International Development, describes how the partnership between the Met Office and the South African Weather Service (SAWS) is turning science into practical products and services to help protect lives and livelihood.

Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership South Africa project lead, Tamara Janes, outlines her work as a climate scientist for International Development.

CSSP Brazil visits AmazonFACE research site - April 2016

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Met Office and British National Meteorological Service staff formed part of the CSSP Brazil team visiting the AmazonFACE research site in the Cuieiras Biological Reserve to study Amazonia/global climate interaction

Professor Richard Betts - head of climate impacts research at the Met Office Hadley Centre - shared his impressions from the visit in his blogpost - Understanding CO2 fertilisation and climate change

Launch of Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) Brazil - April 2016

Launch of CSSP Brazil

CSSP Brazil will bring together scientific researchers and organisations from the UK and Brazil, in partnership, to understand more about this important region and its relationship to climate change.

Professor Stephen Belcher, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, which is leading the UK's contribution to the project, said: "The Amazon rainforest has a fascinating two-way relationship with the world's climate..." Press release

South Africa call - April/May 2016

South Africa call April 2016

Requests for proposals for the Evaluation/Verification of Convective Scale Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) in South Africa closed on 3 May. Proposals were invited for the evaluation/verification of convective scale NWP using the Unified Model over southern Africa to improve understanding of how such models represent high impact weather and the physical processes which lead to high weather impact events.

First published results from CSSP China - November 2015

First CSSP China results release

Joint research carried out by the Met Office Hadley Centre and Chinese Meteorological Administration, has found that human influence on the climate has led to an 11 fold increase in the likelihood of extremely hot spring mean temperatures in northern China

Read more about the first research to be published by the Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China).

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