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the 12th edition of SASCOF was recently held in Pune.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
About the Forum
SASCOF was established in 2010 as a platform where meteorologists from South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries along with Myanmar, could discuss some of the common weather and climate-related matters .All these South Asian countries, except for Afghanistan, which is located in the extreme northwest, experience common weather and climatological characteristics, like Southwest monsoon
Countries under SASCOF — Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Maldives — share weather services with each other.
Since 2015, the forum issues Climate Outlook even for the Northeast monsoon.
It is coordinated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD)