In Africa, weather extremes such as storms, droughts and floods have severe impacts on communities. Every year, high-intensity weather events result in devastating losses of life and damages to land, property and infrastructure.
Improving the accuracy of weather forecasting is critical for people’s safety, and for key economic sectors including aviation, agriculture, energy, water and emergency response.
GCRF African SWIFT aims to deliver a step change in African weather forecasting capability and communication, from hourly to seasonal timescales, to protect the lives and livelihoods of African people while improving the economies of their countries.
GCRF African SWIFT was launched in 2017, and is a £9 million programme led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. The programme includes partners from universities and national meteorological services in Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK.
African lives and livelihoods are directly impacted by weather- and climate-related risks. New SWIFT policy brief explores the value of international investment in African weather forecasting science and communication, including what can be achieved in a 5-10 year timeframe, key steps needed to realise the socio-economic benefits of improved weather forecasting, and challenges to wider implementation.
- Tanzania’s ‘forgotten’ cyclones and concerns for the future
- Intensive training equips forecasters to better predict Africa’s severe storms
- Global investment in African weather forecasting critical to UN Sustainable Development Goals
- European satellite data key to African nowcasting
- Weather forecasts advance Nigeria’s fight for food security
- Is Tanzania ready for tropical cyclone Jobo?