About The Event
The objective of the forum is to prepare consensus seasonal climate outlook for the South Asian region that provides a consistent basis for preparing national level outlooks. Such platforms also serve to interact with user sector to understand and enhance the use of climate information.
The crucial role of winter rains and the growing recognition of the benefits of SASCOFs in articulating and sharing seasonal climate information have led to the need for regularly conducting a winter SASCOF. The Department of Meteorology (DoM), Sri Lanka has taken a lead to host the 13th session of the SASCOF will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka during September 27-28, 2018. SASCOF-13 will feature “Climate Services User Forum focused on Water sector (CSUF)”. CSUF will bring together experts in seasonal predictions and operational users from agricultural and irrigation departments of South Asian countries creating a platform for understanding seasonal climate information to make effective use to manage climate risks in the region.
The Regional Climate Center (RCC), Pune of India Meteorological Department (IMD), UK Met Office (UKMO), the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early-warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) and WMO are providing technical support. Other Global Producing Centers (GPCs) and RCCs are also expected to participate or contributing their seasonal and sub-seasonal products.
The UK Met Office working in partnership with the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is implementing the UK aid-funded Asia – Regional Resilience to Changing Climate (ARRCC) programme. SASCOF-13 is being funded by the ARRCC through a UK Met Offices and RIMES collaboration. Organizational and logistical aspects of the meeting are managed by RIMES and DoM, Sri Lanka.