Month: November 2019

Improved seasonal forecast for Eastern Africa: potential to improve community resilience in the region.

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) through the support of GCRF African-SWIFT,  W2SIP and ForPAc projects produced the first objective consolidated forecast for the June-September 2019 rainfall season. With objective forecasts, more comprehensive evaluations can be conducted and hence the potential to improve the forecasts over the region. Improved seasonal forecast methods make the … Continue Reading

Dr Benjamin Lamptey Public Lecture “From Extreme Weather to Climate Change in Africa” now available online.

On 22nd October 2019, the African SWIFT Cheney Fellow Dr Benjamin Lamptey, gave a Public Lecture at the University of Leeds. The academic talked on extreme weather and climate change in Africa, with consideration of the contribution of human activity on the continent and implications for the environment, society and the economy.

After the lecture Dr Rosalind West, DFID Climate Science Lead, Prof Andy Dougill, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environment, Dr Elijah Adefisan, SWIFT Programme Science Director and Dr John Marsham, Water@Leeds Research Fellow, joined Dr Lamptey for an insightful and interesting Q&A session and panel discussion. 

For those who could not attend the lecture, the presentation of Dr Lamptey can now be downloaded here and the recordings can be watched here


The African-SWIFT project launches the sub-seasonal testbed with a kick-off event in Ngong, Kenya

Next week, 18th to 22nd November 2019, Scientists and Forecasters from SWIFT partner Universities, and National and Regional Meteorological Services will gather in Ngong, Kenya for the start of the sub-seasonal testbed. During the week Scientists and Forecasters from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK, together with the Forecast Users from Cameron, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, … Continue Reading