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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Testbed 3

Dates now confirmed:

13th-28th September (Senegal, Ghana, Niger)
20th-26th September (Nigeria)
25th October-5th November (Kenya)

The African SWIFT Synoptic Forecasting and Nowcasting Testbed is the first of its kind in tropical Africa, and is a unique opportunity for forecasters and researchers to come together in a quasi-operational environment to test and evaluate new tools and methods for forecasting weather, including high-impact weather, on time scales from a few hours to a few days. Currently weather forecast models have little to no skill in forecasting tropical rainfall on these timescales, but the new approaches being trialled in the testbed have potential to bring real improvements in forecasts.


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