The 8th "The Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China)" Annual Science Workshop was held from October 19th to October 22nd, 2021. CSSP China programme, supported by the UK and Chinese governments through the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (the Newton Fund in China), began in 2014. CSSP China builds on existing links between China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and UK Met office. It makes possible the creation of enduring and sustainable partnerships with a variety of leading Chinese and UK institutes, through workshops, scientist exchanges, and joint research and development projects that strengthen science and innovation capacity.
Hosted by IAP and co-organized by the Hadley Center of UK Met office and the National Climate Center of CMA, this year’s annual workshop is a combination of on-site and on-line meeting. Nearly 150 researchers from Chinese and the UK institutions/universities involved in the CSSP China project, members of the CSSP China programme Science Review Panel, and the Newton Fund in China representatives participated in this workshop. The attendees are from the Hadley Centre of UK Met office, the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, the University of Exeter, the University of Reading, the Imperial College, the University of Birmingham, the University of East Anglia, the University of Sussex, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the University of Leicester, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Climate Center of CMA, Academy of Meteorological Sciences of CMA, Beijing Meteorological Service, Shanghai Meteorological Service, South China University of Science and Technology, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics.
Prof. Sean MILTON, the Chief Scientist of CSSP China from the Hadley Centre of UK Met office; Prof. Zhou Tianjun, Deputy Director of IAP; and Ms. Danae DHOLAKIA, the Minister Counsellor for Prosperity of British Embassy, delivered the opening remarks on the Plenary Sessions.
Up to now, 17 CSSP-China joint research projects have undertaken with supporting by the Newton Foundation and Sino-British Scientists carried out in-depth cooperative research and development in the areas of detection and attribution of extreme events, large-scale climate dynamics, and climate model development with lots of marvelous achievement. The CSSP-China programme is recognized as the most fruitful Sino-British meteorological cooperation project of the longest duration and largest participation. Danae Dholakia spoke on behalf of the British Embassy and the Newton Fund, praising the fruitful results of CSSP-China’s eight years of cooperation, and said that the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be soon held in Glasgow, UK, and the CSSP-China program will be a successful highlight at the event hosted by the Newton Fund at COP26.
During the three-day workshop, the UK and China scientists exchanged relevant research progress in the FY year of 2020-2021, focusing on 5 work packages(Monitoring, Attribution and Reanalysis; Global dynamics of climate variability and change; East Asian climate variability and extremes; Development of models and climate projection systems; and Climate Services).
The main results from the past year include: 1) Develop a better understanding of how East Asian climate has changed over the historical past through digitisation of observations; Assessment of observations from China‘s FY satellites to Improving climate records of key variables and Facilitate the development of dynamical reanalyses; develop a better understanding of how E. Asian climate has changed over the historical past through exploiting new data sets for monitoring; Develop a collaborative programme on the attribution of climate-related extreme events and long-term trends in the region; 2) Studies on Extratropical dynamics and teleconnections, tropical dynamics and teleconnections, Predictability and climate services; 3) Cooperative research on Understanding sources of systematic model errors, Perturbed physics ensemble, East Asian climate change and climate extremes; 4) new Global Ocean & Sea-ice configuration for CMIP7 coupled model, new version of UKESM, with improved historical cold biases, and improved parametrizations for mineral dust aerosols; 5) provided effective climate scientific services in the fields of East Asian typhoons, food security and water supply, extreme rainstorm risk assessment, climate risk management, etc..
The CSSP China Annual Workshop is held once a year and the first 7 CSSP-China Workshops were successful held by IAP, CMA, and the Met Office in Beijing, China (2014), Nanjing, China (2015), Exeter, UK (2016), Xi'an, China (2017), Shanghai, China (2018), and Edinburgh, UK (2019), online(2020), respectively.