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GCRF African SWIFT Testbed 1 Report

Jennifer K. Fletcher, Douglas Parker, Andrew Hartley, Elias Nkiaka, Elijah Adefisa, Sam Clarke, Thorwald Stein, , David Koros & Berth Woodhams
This document describes the activities and outcomes of the GCRF African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) Weather Forecasting Testbed 1. Testbed 1 was conducted in the first part of 2019, from an operational forecasting office at IMTR Nairobi, at the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD). Other centres connected to the Testbed by video-conference. The Testbed was designed to support SWIFT’s programme of research capability-building in the science of weather prediction. New forecasting and...

The future of African nowcasting

Lorraine Youds, Douglas Parker, Elijah A Adefisan, Leonard Kofitse Amekudzi, Jeffrey N. A. Aryee, Ifeoluwa Adebowale BALOGUN, Alan Blyth, Bernard Chanzu, Sylvester Danuor, Abdoulahat Diop, Jennifer Fletcher, Andre K Foamouhoue, Amadou T Gaye, Morne Gijben, Steven Goodman, Peter Hill, Ishiyaku Ibrahim, David Koros, Kamoru Abiodun Lawal, John Marsham, Bethwel Mutai K, Joseph Mutemi, Coumba Niang, Ousmane Ndiaye & Eniola Olaniyan
Nowcasting (weather forecasting predictions from zero to several hours) has enormous value and potential in Africa, where populations and economic activity are highly vulnerable to rapidly changing weather conditions. Timely issuing of warnings, a few hours before an event, can enable the public and decision-makers to take action. Rainfall radar estimates are not widely available in Africa, nor likely to be in the coming years, and numerical weather prediction (NWP) currently has low skill over...

GCRF African SWIFT White Paper Policy Brief: The future of African weather forecasting

Lorraine Youds, Douglas Parker, Elijah A Adefisan , Philip Antwi-Agyei, Caroline L Bain , Emily Black, Alan Blyth, Andrew Dougill, Linda C Hirons , Victor S Indasi, Benjamin L Lamptey, Fionne Marshall, John Marsham, Thorwald H M Stein, Christopher M Taylor , Martin C Todd, Emma L Visman & Steven Woolnough
There is a huge opportunity for the African continent to benefit from the ‘silent revolution’ in weather forecasting that has been realised in the mid-latitudes throughout the twentieth century. While there are tremendous societal and economic benefits from advancing the science behind weather forecasting in sub-Saharan Africa, there are also significant barriers to realising advances. This policy brief examines the value of investment in African weather forecasting science and the technical & communication challenges that...

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  • University of Leeds
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  • African Center of Meteorological Application for Development
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  • University of Reading
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  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
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  • Met Office
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  • Nigerian Meteorological Agency
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  • University of Sussex
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  • UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Federal University of Technology
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  • National Centre for Atmospheric Science
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