Workshop for LOTUS Chinese climate change project participants

Workshop for LOTUS Chinese climate change project participants

Collaborators on a three year project which funds work on climate change at the Universities of Edinburgh, Reading and Oxford held a week long workshop at the Centre recently.

The LOTUS (Long Term Undulations versus secular change in Chinese Climate) project, funded by the Newton Fund through the Climate Science for Services Partnership (CSSP China), led in the UK by the Met Office, is exploring why the climate in China is changing and what the implications could be for China's vulnerability to extremes such as drought.

Scientists from environmental research and monitoring institutions in China and Brazil such as the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in China and CEMADEN and INPE in Brazil*, joined Professor David Wallom and Dr Sarah Sparrow from the e-Research Centre and the University of Edinburgh's Professor Simon Tett (lead PI for the project) and other researchers from UK institutions for the week-long workshop.

The agenda included a presentation from's Dr Friederike Otto on climate attribution science, along with a series of breakout groups to study two extreme events, one in China and one in Brazil, and attribute the occurrence of these to climate change. The output of this workshop for early career researchers is to bring forward the next group of climate scientists who will have knowledge of this cutting edge area of research and its applications for societally relevant problems.

CSSP China is a scientific research programme supported by the BEIS UK-China Research Innovation Partnership Fund that will help build the basis for services to support climate and weather resilient economic development and social welfare.

The three primary outcomes of CSSP China will be:

• A strong strategic partnership between UK and Chinese climate scientists;
• Accelerated and enhanced collaborative science R&D programmes;
• Climate services, developed in partnership, based on the climate science research & development programme.

* CEMADEN is a newly founded Brazilian centre for natural disaster monitoring and warning. INPE is the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research.