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Newton Fund WCSSP Programme news

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.

Read all the latest news from the WCSSP programme including press releases on the latest science, case studies and blogs. You can get also keep up-to-date on programme news via twitter and LinkedIn.

WCSSP India - April 2018

We are working with the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES) to establish a Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership for India (WCSSP India), supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund. WCSSP India will be the latest in the global network of partnerships that is the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme. A statement of intent has been signed agreeing the facilitation of scientific research that is needed to enhance underpinning weather prediction systems and develop risk-based prediction tools for forecasters.

Professor Simon Vosper, Met Office Director of Meteorological Science, commented: “We are excited to be establishing this partnership with MOES and look forward to further developing a joint programme of research to improve risk based forecasting of the high-impact weather events that impact people’s lives and livelihoods. 

"Working together in this way will enable us to build shared expertise and accelerate scientific understanding, enabling the development of innovative services that manage the risks and opportunities associated with high impact weather in India and further afield.”

Read more in this press release.

CSSP Brazil research grants awarded - April 2018

The latest round of WCSSP research grants have been awarded. There were three grant opportunities under the Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil which have been awarded as follows:
University of Bristol: Estimating methane fluxes through inverse modelling
University of Reading: Processes & predictability associated with sub-seasonal rainfall variability
University of Exeter: Meteorological driving data for offline land surface & impacts simulations

The University teams will work closely with the in-country partner organisations; Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) and the National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (CEMADEN), as well as other key UK and Brazilian scientific institutes.

The research projects will run from April 2018 until March 2020.

CSSP China project nominated for award - March 2018

The GREAT Innovation in Action Awards celebrate innovative collaborations between UK and Asia Pacific companies. CSSP China - a science and innovation partnership involving Met Office, the China Meteorological Administration and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences - is one of only 12 shortlisted projects. Awards website.

WCSSP Programme research grant opportunities - February 2018

CALLS closed. Calls for applications for research grant funding available under WCSSP Southeast Asia and CSSP China closed at end March. The projects form part of the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) Programme, supported by the UK government's Newton Fund. The programme draws on expertise across the breadth of the UK research community through our role as a Newton Fund delivery partner on behalf of UK government. To learn more about programme research grant opportunities, visit our oppportunities webpage.

CSSP Brazil annual UK workshop - February 2018

A key part of the WCSSP programme is to build strong, sustainable partnerships with UK and in-country project partners. The UK partners - Exeter University, Edinburgh University and Leeds University joined Met Office scientists for the annual UK workshop to discuss current and future project science. Learn more about CSSP Brazil

WCSSP Southeast Asia research opportunity - January 2018

Call closed. We invited UK researchers to apply for a research grant opportunity around 'Vertical structure of weather over Southeast Asia'.

The weather of Southeast Asia is dominated by convective activity which is strongly influenced by both local and large scale processes. The research will work on understanding the nature of weather events in the region with a key focus on vertical processes and structures as captured in global and convection permitting (CP) models. The overall aim is to identify model processes that play a key role in weather representation and work towards improving these in both parameterised and CP models. The call closed on 29 March 2018.

CSSP China market engagement event – 12 January 2018

The CSSP China team held a market engagement event in London earlier this week to discuss the themes, challenges and expectations of six upcoming research opportunities. This event was full to capacity and provided an excellent opportunity to engage with potential research partners and collaborate on developing the content of the research opportunities.

Details of the research opportunities will be available in due course on our calls web page. Follow us on Twitter @metofficeww to keep up to date.

Royal visitor to CSSP China stand at UK-China Science and Innovation Forum - December 2017

The CSSP China team took part in the UK-China Science and Innovation Forum at the Royal Society, London, on 6 December. The event was hosted by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST). It included the formal launch of the new UK-China Joint Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation by UK and Chinese Ministers.


Chinese Vice Premier, Madame Liu Yandong, led the Chinese delegation. HRH Prince Andrew, Jo Johnson, UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at BEIS were also present. Prince Andrew and Jo Johnson were among the visitors to the CSSP China stand where they discussed climate, collaboration and the WCSSP Programme.

Blog: Science exchanges foster collaboration and understanding - December 2017

As the UK-China Science and Innovation Forum was taking place, our CSSP China project manager shared stories from UK and Chinese scientists that have undertaken science exchanges as part of the project. Collaboration is a fundamental component of the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership programme.

Read more in the blog


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