The UK-China Climate Science to Service Partnership

Scaife, Adam A. and Good, Elizabeth and Sun, Ying and Yan, Zhongwei and Dunstone, Nick and Ren, Hong-Li Ren and Li, Chaofan and Lu, Riyu and Wu, Peili and Ke, Zongjian and Ma, Zhuguo and Furtado, Kalli and Wu, Tongwen and Zhou, Tianjuan and Dunbar, Tyrone and Hewitt, Chris ORCID: and Golding, Nicola and Zhang, Peiqun and Allan, Rob and Dale, Kirstine and Lott, Fraser C. and Stott, Peter A. and Milton, Sean and Song, Lianchun and Belcher, Stephen (2021) The UK-China Climate Science to Service Partnership. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. pp. 1-37. ISSN 0003-0007


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.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 03:32
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate science; climate services; climate variability; climate change; research; United Kingdom; China
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3702 Climate change science > 370201 Climate change processes
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