Collaboration with the Singapore Universities Sector
The UK Met Office
CCRS has an MoU agreement with the Met Office covering the development of NWP systems within the SingV project. A number of other smaller collaborative project have also been undertaken. The development of the climate scenarios in Singapore’s Second National Climate Change Study was also carried out in collaboration with the Met Office.
During 2014, the second SEACAM project (South East Asian Climate Analysis and Modelling, funded by the MSS) carried out a regional climate projection study. Participants were members from South East Asia National Meteorological Centres and the UK Met Office. A paper on projections of extreme rainfall events is being prepared for publication. This followed an earlier study involving ASEAN scientists on the observed and modelled temperature and precipitation extremes over Southeast Asia.
Regional Climate Outlook Forum (ASEANCOF)
CCRS has worked with other countries in the region and with WMO to establish a Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF) for Southeast Asia. These meetings involve participants from WMO, ASEAN countries, experts form the major global modelling centres and regional end-users. The first ASEANCOF (Association of South-East Asian Nations Climate Outlook Forum) meeting took place in December 2013 and meetings are held each year ahead of the boreal winter and summer monsoon seasons.
The Year of the Maritime Continent
The maritime continent is the name meteorologists give to the Southeast Asian region with its mix of warm seas and large islands including Borneo, Sumatra, Java and the Malay Peninsula. In 2018-2019 a major international experiment will take place involving research aircraft, research ships, increased satellite, upper air and surface observations, conducted by many countries including the USA, United Kingdom, France, Japan, Australia as well as countries in the region, including Indonesia and Singapore. This experiment, titled Year of the Maritime Continent, is expected to greatly advance knowledge of the weather as well as of climate modelling in our region. CCRS Singapore is involved in the design of the project. Our contributions will include convective modelling within the SingV framework, radar studies based on the Singapore radar, and contributions based on our data network including radiosonde, wind-profiler and surface network. The first international planning meeting for the Year of the Maritime Continent was held at CCRS during January 2015.