The SASCOF-14 main forum meeting and associated CSUF is to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal during 18-23 April 2019 and hosted by Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal. The forum and CSUFs will be conducted with the support from RCC, Pune, UK Met Office (UKMO) under the Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) Program, WMO & RIMES. During the 18-21st April, a pre-COF training workshop will build upon previous delivered training. SASCOF-14 is expected to provide a climate outlook for the 2019 summer monsoon season. Experts from the SASCOF member countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) as well as several regional and global experts will participate. The Forum will offer appraisals of country perspectives; assess capacity building needs; examine global and regional indicators; generate a consensus outlook; and assess ways to enhance the SASCOF process to insure its reliability, accuracy, traceability, and usefulness. During the pre-COF and construction of the consensus forecast, the participating national climate experts will receive guidance in using, interpreting and downscaling global seasonal prediction products and developing a consensus outlook.
SASCOF-14 is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) under the ARRCC - Strengthening Climate Information Partnerships –South Asia (SCIPSA) project. The program is led by the UK Met Office under the ARRCC Met Office Partnership (MOP). The SCIPSA project has three key components:
(1) Strengthening regional and national climate organizations through the regional and national climate outlook forums so that they become standard platforms for the provision of seasonal climate outlook information and interfacing with user sectors.
(2) Engage with user departments in key priority sectors in the region through a series of planned co-development workshops to identify user-needs and develop solutions to meet user needs including the use of optimized seasonal forecast systems using the latest models and scientific knowledge.
(3) Capacity development of both users and generators of climate information through training workshop and co-development activities.
Participation in SASCOF-14 is mainly by invitation, and by nominations from the Permanent Representatives of the respective countries with WMO as well as partner agencies, especially from user sectors. Efforts are being made to secure resources to support the travel and local hospitality expenses of participants, but these will be very limited and participants are encouraged to find their own resources, at least to partially cover the expenses. Expressions of interest by self-supported participants, if relevant to the topics of the various sessions, may be considered subject to the availability of space.