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The UK-China Climate Science to Service Partnership

Adam A. ScaifeaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.
bUniversity of Exeter, U.K.

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Elizabeth GoodaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Ying SuncChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

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Zhongwei YandInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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Nick DunstoneaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Hong-Li RencChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
eDepartment of Atmospheric Science, China University of Geoscience, Wuhan, China

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Chaofan LidInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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Riyu LudInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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Peili WuaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Zongjian KecChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

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Zhuguo MadInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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Kalli FurtadoaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Tongwen WucChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

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Tianjun ZhoudInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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Tyrone DunbaraMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Chris HewittaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.
fUniversity of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia

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Nicola GoldingaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Peiqun ZhangcChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

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Rob AllanaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Peter A. StottaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.
bUniversity of Exeter, U.K.

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Sean MiltonaMet Office, Exeter, U.K.

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Lianchun SongcChina Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

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Abstract

We present results from the first 6 years of this major UK government funded project to accelerate and enhance collaborative research and development in climate science, forge a strong strategic partnership between UK and Chinese climate scientists and demonstrate new climate services developed in partnership. The development of novel climate services is described in the context of new modelling and prediction capability, enhanced understanding of climate variability and change, and improved observational datasets. Selected highlights are presented from over three hundred peer reviewed studies generated jointly by UK and Chinese scientists within this project. We illustrate new observational datasets for Asia and enhanced capability through training workshops on the attribution of climate extremes to anthropogenic forcing. Joint studies on the dynamics and predictability of climate have identified new opportunities for skilful predictions of important aspects of Chinese climate such as East Asian Summer Monsoon rainfall. In addition, the development of improved modelling capability has led to profound changes in model computer codes and climate model configurations, with demonstrable increases in performance. We also describe the successes and difficulties in bridging the gap between fundamental climate research and the development of novel real time climate services. Participation of dozens of institutes through sub-projects in this programme, which is governed by the Met Office Hadley Centre, the China Meteorological Administration and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, is creating an important legacy for future collaboration in climate science and services.

Corresponding author: Adam Scaife, adam.scaife@metoffice.gov.uk

Abstract

We present results from the first 6 years of this major UK government funded project to accelerate and enhance collaborative research and development in climate science, forge a strong strategic partnership between UK and Chinese climate scientists and demonstrate new climate services developed in partnership. The development of novel climate services is described in the context of new modelling and prediction capability, enhanced understanding of climate variability and change, and improved observational datasets. Selected highlights are presented from over three hundred peer reviewed studies generated jointly by UK and Chinese scientists within this project. We illustrate new observational datasets for Asia and enhanced capability through training workshops on the attribution of climate extremes to anthropogenic forcing. Joint studies on the dynamics and predictability of climate have identified new opportunities for skilful predictions of important aspects of Chinese climate such as East Asian Summer Monsoon rainfall. In addition, the development of improved modelling capability has led to profound changes in model computer codes and climate model configurations, with demonstrable increases in performance. We also describe the successes and difficulties in bridging the gap between fundamental climate research and the development of novel real time climate services. Participation of dozens of institutes through sub-projects in this programme, which is governed by the Met Office Hadley Centre, the China Meteorological Administration and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, is creating an important legacy for future collaboration in climate science and services.

Corresponding author: Adam Scaife, adam.scaife@metoffice.gov.uk
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