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.

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How a satellite dish can save lives: Ghana advances nowcasting to improve early weather warnings

KNUST is one of the first African institutions with access to real-time forecast data, key to improving early warnings of severe storms. Dr Jeffrey Nii Armah Aryee shares insights from his experience as the technical lead on the satellite dish installation, including key benefits of nowcasting in Ghana and next steps for other countries across the continent.


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