Wednesday, 26th September 2018: Venue: Conference Hall, DoM, Sri Lanka

Attendance – NMHSs, RCCs, GPCs, collaborating agencies and invited experts
Venue: Conference Hall, DoM, Sri Lanka





09:30 – 10:00



10:00 – 10:30

Opening session

  • Welcome Remarks by Mr. K. H. M. S. Premalal, Director General of Meteorology, Sri Lanka
  • Remarks by RIMES Dr. G. Srinivasan
  • Remarks by RCC IMD Dr. D. S. Pai

Self-introduction by participants


10:30 – 11:00

Status of global and regional drivers influencing rainfall and temperature conditions during the post-monsoon season 2018 over South Asia

Dr. D. S. Pai, India Meteorological Department (IMD), RCC, IMD, Pune

11:00 – 11:30

Review of available forecasts from RCC and GPCs

Seasonal Climate assessment and products from Tokyo Climate Center, Japan Meteorological Agency (TCC, JMA) – Takuya Komori, TCC, JMA

UK Met Office seasonal climate outlooks – Andrew Colman, UK Met Office

Seasonal assessment based on ECMWF products - Prof. Christel Prudhomme, ECMWF


11:30 – 12:00

Group photo and Coffee/Tea Break


12:00 – 13:30

Country presentations –


Guidance for country presentations

  • Review of 2017 NE monsoon season
  • Verification aspects

Forecast for the 2018 Oct – Dec season

13:30 – 14:30



14:30 – 15:00

Country presentations (cont.)


15:00 – 15:30

Presentation of pre-consensus climate outlook for South Asia during the 2018 Oct-Dec season


15:30 – 16:00

Open discussion to draft consensus climate outlook for the region


16:00 – 16:30

Coffee/Tea Break


16:30 – 17:00

What new tools/diagnostics and products could be considered?

IRI SCIPEA tool – Andrew Colman, UK Met Office


17:00 – 17:30

Additional climate prediction products for consideration including sub-seasonal products for operational introduction


17:30 – 18:00

Closure of Day 1 Technical Session







Thursday, 27th September, 2018

Venue: Hilton Colombo Residences, Sri Lanka


Time Item

09:00 – 10:30

Opening Session

09:00 – 10:30

Opening session

Vote of Thanks: Mr. Athula Karunanayake, Director of Meteorology, Sri Lanka

 10:30 - 11:30  Group photo and Coffee/Tea Break

Session I: Seasonal Climate Outlook

Chair: Mr. K. H. M. S. Premalal & Rapporteurs: Dr. Shiromani Jayawardena & Mr. Malinda Millangoda

11:30 – 12:00

Seasonal prediction in the context of post-monsoon & winter season of South Asia

Dr. D. S. Pai, Regional Climate Center, IMD, Pune

Session II: Special Initiatives linked to SASCOF

Chair: Dr. D. S. Pai, RCC, IMD, Pune & Rapporteur: Dr. Indira Kadel, DHM, Nepal & Ms. Nadeeka Ranaweera, DoM, Sri Lanka.

12:00 – 12:30

Introduction to the Asia Region Resilience of Climate Change (ARRCC) Programme

Mr. David Corbelli, International Development Manager, UK Met Office  

12:30 – 13:00

User engagement in RCOFs

Prof. Suraje Dessai, University of Leeds

13:00 – 13:30

RIMES Initiatives with the water sector in the region

Dr. Anshul Agarwal, Senior Hydrologist, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early-Warning System for Africa, Asia & Pacific (RIMES), Bangkok, Thailand

13:30 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:00

ECMWF – GloFAS Session & Work Group discussion

Prof. Christel Prudhomme, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Reading, UK

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee/Tea Break

16:30 – 17:30

Special Session on ARRCC (…) project

Work packages

Further plans

Open discussion focused on SASCOF – the process; quality of seasonal forecast information, and usability of seasonal forecast information

17:30 – 18:00

Discussion and closure of Day 2 of SASCOF-13 & CSUF-water  






Friday, 28th September 2018

Venue: Hilton Colombo Residences, Sri Lanka




Session III: Enhancing the use of seasonal products in the water sector

Chair: Eng. N.A. Sisira Kumara, Hon. Secretary, Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources & Disaster Management

Rapporteur: Dr. Ananda Subasinghe, DoA, Sri Lanka.

09:30 – 09:45

Sharing of consensus climate outlook for the post monsoon season

Dr. Shiromani Jayawardena, DoM, Sri Lanka

09:45 – 10:00

Monsoon forums for sharing seasonal climate information

Ms. Pone Nyet Khaing, RIMES

10:00 – 10:30

Building climate resilience in water sector in Sri Lanka

Eng. Janaki Meegastenna, Director, DoI, Sri Lanka

Chair: Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardena, Principal Scientist, Dept of Agril., Sri Lanka

Rapporteur: Eng. Mala 

10:30 – 11:30

Country presentations from the water sector representatives

Afghanistan   Mr. S. Mohd Omar Eshaq, MEW

Bangladesh    Mr. Sarder Udoy Raihan, BWDB

Bhutan            Mr. Gyamtsho Thinley, DOA, MOAF


Maldives        Mr. Adam Adheel, MFA

Myanmar       Mr. Maung Maung, IWUMD

Nepal              Mr. Yogendra Mishra, DOI


Sri Lanka          Eng. W. B. Palugaswewa, DoI
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee/Tea Break

Session IV: Interactive Group discussions

Moderators and facilitators (tbc)
12:00 – 13:30   Group discussions Guided discussions focused on a set of issues and evolving probable solutions
 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
 14:30 – 15:00 Presentations by Group Leads
 15:00 – 16:00

Summary by moderator and guidance

Groups evolve one-page concept note of potential projects connecting weather and climate outlook utility in water sector
 16:00 – 16:30  Coffee/Tea Break  
 16:30 – 17:30

Closing session