SWIFT Researcher Emmah Mwangi from Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) reports: In March 2018 there have been two episodes of heavy rainfall in most parts of Kenya, which caused massive flooding in urban…
Accurate weather forecasting is an essential tool of modern society, which brings benefit to people’s safety and livelihoods, along with country-wide economic development and prosperity. The GCRF African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African-SWIFT) programme will develop sustainable African weather forecasting capability, to enhance the livelihood of African populations and improve the economies of their countries.
The UK benefits from some of the best forecasting in the world and the UK Met Office is estimated to bring £3 billion of benefit to the UK economy every year. In Africa, the impacts of weather are much higher due to the severity of weather extremes such as storms, droughts and floods, and to the vulnerability of impoverished people. Comparable benefits to those seen in the UK are not yet possible in Africa without significant improvements in the skill and capability of the forecasts.
Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund the African SWIFT programme aims to create the infrastructure for this improvement with its team of 25 UK and 45 African atmospheric scientists, social scientists and operational forecasters. The team will undertake fundamental scientific research into the physics of tropical weather systems; evaluation and presentation of complex model and satellite data; and communication and exploitation of forecasts.
African SWIFT is now advertising for a number of research posts. See our Project News / Opportunities page for full details. 3 posts: Programme Science Director and two expert Research…