WWRP Regional Activities

To support WMO member states activities and create an international network of expertise, WWRP is involved in several regional research projects:

Ongoing Regional Activities        
Project name Countries involved Duration Purpose WGs/ET involved Main Contact
Paris Olympic Games in 2024 Canada, France, Hong-Kong, China, China, UK, USA, Australia, Sweden 2020-2024 Advance research on the theme of the “future Meteorological Forecasting systems at 100m (or finer) resolution for urban areas”. Such systems would prefigure the numerical weather prediction at the horizon 2030.
(http://www.umr-cnrm.fr/RDP_Paris2024/)
NMR, PDEF, SERA, JWGVFR, DAOS, HIW Valery Masson
(valery.masson@meteo.fr)
AvDRP 2
(Aviation Demonstration Research Project)
France, Hong Kong, South Africa, China, Canada, Japan, Russia, Singapore, India 2021-2025 Develop, demonstrate and quantify the benefits of end-to-end nowcasting (next 0-6h) aviation weather services for the terminal area focused on high impact weather.
(https://avrdp.hko.gov.hk/)
NMR, SERA, JWGVFR, HIW Peter Li
(pwli@hko.gov.hk);
Sharon Lau
(sylau@hko.gov.hk)
UPDRAFT (Understanding and Prediction of Rainfall Associated with landfalling Tropical cyclones) China, South Korea, USA, Hong Kong, and Japan 2014-2022 Improve the understanding and prediction of rainfall associated with landfalling tropical cyclones focusing on multi-scale downscaling and physical processes affecting rainfall intensity and distribution.
(https://updraft.nju.edu.cn/)
TMR Zhuo Wang
(zhuowang@illinois.edu)
TLFDP (Typhoon Landfall Forecast Demonstration Project) China, South Korea, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Philippines and Japan 2014-2022 Demonstrate the performance of the most advanced forecasting technqiues for landfalling tropical cyclones. TMR, PDEF, SERA Hui Yu
(yuh@typhoon.org.cn)
SCMREX (Southern China Monsoon Rainfall Experiment) China, South Korea, UK, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Vietnam, Philippines and Japan 2014-2021 Improve our understanding of the structures and evolution of the South China heavy-rain-producing storms during the monsoon outbreak period and improve prediction of these high-impact rainfall events through field campaigns, data processing and sharing, numerical modeling and analysis.
(http://exps.camscma.cn/scmrex)
TMR Zhuo Wang
(zhuowang@illinois.edu)
EXOTICCA (Experiment on Typhoon Intensity Change in Coastal Area) China, South Korea, USA, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan 2013-2022 Improve the knowledge of abnormal intensity change, genesis and dissipation of TC in the WNP area. Improve the performance of TC intensity prediction and regional numerical modelling techniques. Develop an advanced storm surge, flooding, and damage risk estimate/forecast system.
(https://www.typhooncommittee.org)
TMR Jiyin YU
(info@typhooncommittee.org)
HyMeX (Hydrological cycle in Mediterranean Experiment) France, Italy, Spain, Israel 2010-2020 Improve the understanding of the water cycle with emphasis on extreme events in the Mediterranean area.
(https://www.hymex.org/)
TMR Philippe Drobinski (Philippe.Drobinski@lmd.polytechnique.fr);
Silvio Gualdi
(silvio.gualdi@cmcc.it)

Past Regional Activities

Project name Countries involved Duration Purpose
HIGHWAY (HIGH impact Weather lAke sYstem)  Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, UK, and USA 2017-2021 Develop improved early warning systems in the Lake Victoria basin.
ICEPOP (Korean Olympic Games) USA, UK, Japan and Russia 2015-2019 Improve the understanding of severe weather in winter over complex terrain through intensive observations and tests of the predictability of high resolution NWP and nowcasting systems including verification in support of the 2018 Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympic Games.
RELAMPAGO (Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, And Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations) Argentina, Brazil,
USA, and Mexico
2018 – 2019 Improve the assessment of sate of the art models used in forecasting extreme weather events in subtropical South America.
TOMACS (Tokyo Metropolitan Area Convection Study for Extreme Weather Resilient Cities) Japan, Australia, Brazil,
Canada, Germany,
South Korea, France, and USA
2013 – 2016 Improve the understanding of the processes and mechanisms of extreme weather using dense meteorological observation networks designed in the Tokyo Metropolitan District.

Criteria for RDP and FDP

Requests for approval of RDP/FDP projects should be submitted for review to the Chair of the SSC and the WMO Secretariat for the WWRP. The role of the SSC is to review these projects align with the WWRP scientific goals and approval is subject to the discretion of the SSC and the WWRP capacity to support projects.

Guidelines for developing and submitting a Research and Development Project (RDP), a forecasting Demonstration Project (FDP).

 

8.1 Guidelines for Developing and Submitting a Research and Development Project (RDP)

RDPs can be field campaigns, model or assimilation based, or geared to social science research. The RDP focus is on advancing knowledge in research topics relevant to improving the prediction of high impact weather and/or the development of improved tools, techniques, and models. RDPs can address any component of weather forecasting (e.g., observations, data assimilation, modelling, forecasting, dissemination and the utilization of weather products). Thus, RDPs should be based on the priorities of the Working Groups and Programme(s) of the WWRP. In addition, the RDPs are encouraged to contain a societal and economic research type component.

The following text presents guidelines for submission of RDP proposals to the WWRP SSC. Submission of an RDP is done through the relevant WG (and its relevant contact person in the Secretariat) and then to the Chief of WWRD and Chair of SSC. If an extension of the RDP is needed beyond the specified end date to complete the project, approval should be given by the SSC. If a follow up phase (with new scientific goals) are proposed, it should go through a new application.

Annual reports should be prepared to WWRP SSC for the duration of the project and a final report should be supplied (linked to the relevant publications) at the end of the project.

A list of all WWRP RDPs will be maintained (by the Secretariat) on the WWRP website, specifying the project, the start and end dates, the goals and links to reports and/or publications. Links to the RDPs’ websites will be provided in this list.

 

8.2 Guidelines for Developing and Submitting a forecasting Demonstration Project (FDP)

FDPs are projects that will serve to exhibit and formally quantify the benefits to be derived from improved understanding and enabling technologies. The improved understanding and technological advances, the benefits of which are to be demonstrated and evaluated, may or may not be a direct consequence of other WWRP activities. FDPs will involve the dissemination of forecasting information to identified users in real time. Candidate FDPs will be selected by the WWRP Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) on the basis of the following:

1. readiness of the science,
2. timeliness of the demonstration, and
3. feasibility of technology transfer and training.

forecasting Demonstration Projects should be submitted for review to the Chair of the SSC and the WMO Secretariat for the WWRP. The proposal will then be sent for comments to members of the relevant Working Groups and/or members of the SSC. Proposals for FDPs, along with the comments of reviewers, are typically presented at the annual meeting of the SSC of the WWRP. The role of the SSC is to review these FDPs in order to determine if the proposal sufficiently meets the guidelines below, suggest improvements in the proposed project and determine if the project should be endorsed as a WWRP activity. The endorsement is limited to the duration of the project.

Submission of an FDP should be done through the relevant WG (and its relevant contact person in the Secretariat) and then to the Head of WWRD and Chair of SSC. If an extension of the FDP is needed beyond the specified end date to complete the project, approval should be given by the SSC. If a follow up phase (with new scientific goals) are proposed, it should go through a new application.

Annual reports should be prepared to WWRP SSC for the duration of the project and a final report should be supplied (linked to the relevant publications) at the end of the project.

A list of all WWRP FDPs will be maintained (by the Secretariat) on the WWRP website, specifying the project, the start and end dates, the goals and links to reports and/or publications. Links to the FDPs’ websites will be provided in this list.