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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.

CSSP China 5th annual science workshop – October 2018

Last week, the fifth annual Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) China workshop took place in Shanghai (10th-12th October). The workshop was hosted by the Shanghai Met Office and involved partners from across China and the UK including representatives from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP), UK grant awardees and Chinese research organisations. Participants reviewed the progress of the project, discussed future activities and celebrated the highlights of the partnership so far. The workshop welcomed the British Consulate General in Shanghai, John Edwards, who gave opening remarks on the first day of the workshop.  

The workshop theme was the ‘Golden Thread between Science and Service’, reflecting the partnership’s success in jointly developing the climate science needed to underpin climate services, and the rapidly developing capability to enhance climate services in both China and the UK. 

The project has published 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers so far, including a special edition of the journal Advances of Atmospheric Sciences which focuses on the exciting scientific advances emerging from the partnership.  


WCSSP Southeast Asia grant awarded- July 2018

The latest WCSSP research grant under Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Southeast Asia has been awarded as follows:

University of Leeds- Vertical Structure of Weather over Southeast Asia

The university research team will work closely with organisations across Southeast Asia; Indonesia’s Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), Met Malaysia Department (MMD) and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other key UK and Southeast Asia scientific institutes.

This research project will run from July 2018 until March 2020.

CSSP China grants awarded- July 2018

The latest WCSSP research grants under Climate Science for Service Partnership China have been awarded as follows:

University of Reading- Aerosols and regional climate dynamics

University of Edinburgh- Attributions of extreme events and human impacts

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology- Land- atmosphere interactions and processes

University of Exeter- Predictability of regional climate

University of Reading- Regional water cycle

The research projects will complement the science already underway in CSSP China with partners in China and the UK, and support its key aim of building a strong foundation of scientific knowledge that can underpin service to support economic development and social welfare.

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

CSSP Brazil 2nd annual workshop and UK-Brazil Year of Science & Innovation - June 2018

CSSP Brazil 2nd annual workshop - June 2018

In June the Met Office hosted the second annual science workshop of the Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) Brazil project. This workshop brought together scientists from the four CSSP Brazil project partners - Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA), the National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (Cemaden), and the Met Office – and grant awardees from the UK research community, the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds and Reading. It was an important opportunity to share research findings, plan for the next stages of the project, and strengthen and develop new collaborations among CSSP Brazil researchers.

This year is the UK-Brazil Year of Science & Innovation, a joint initiative led by the UK and Brazilian governments, which is raising the profile of UK-Brazil partnerships that are addressing global challenges. To celebrate this, there was a special Year of Science & Innovation session at the CSSP Brazil workshop, attended by delegates from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Brazilian Embassy in London.

Learn more about the project on our CSSP Brazil web pages.

WCSSP Southeast Asia regional science workshop - June 2018

WCSSP Southeast Asia - Regional Science Workshop - June 2018

The WCSSP Southeast Asia Regional Science workshop took place last week (21st June- 22nd June 2018) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-day regional workshop presented an exciting opportunity to develop and strengthen the collaboration between Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and the UK.

Scientists and forecasters working on WCSSP Southeast Asia discussed progress on advancing scientific understanding, numerical weather prediction modelling and forecasting techniques. 

A key aim of the workshop was to explore links between WCSSP Southeast Asia and other WCSSP projects. The WCSSP programme is a global network of shared expertise, continuously developing partnerships to strengthen scientific understanding of weather and climate across the globe, which supports the development of innovative services to manage the risks arising with climate change.

The workshop also celebrated Indonesia's formal introduction to the regional partnership.

We were pleased to speak on BBC Radio’s Paul Hudson’s Weather Show about the work we are doing under WCSSP Southeast Asia and the influence of the Maritime Continent, a significant feature in the Earth’s climate system, on the Southeast Asia region. To listen, please click here: (between 34:10 & 37:10)

For more information, visit the WCSSP Southeast Asia web pages. 

CSSP China - UK workshop - May 2018

The annual CSSP China UK workshop took place this month at the Met Office. The two-day workshop brought the UK partners (Birmingham University, Edinburgh University, Exeter University, Imperial College London, Leeds University, National Oceanography Centre, Oxford University, Reading University and the School of Oriental and African Studies) together with Met Office scientists to discuss current and future project science. This was an excellent opportunity to strengthen partnerships under the WCSSP programme. 

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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