Month: December 2019

An African perspective on climate change

There are only a handful of African scholars conducting world-class research in meteorology and climate change – and Dr Benjamin Lamptey is one of them. As a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), his international reputation is well-established. His move to Leeds as a Cheney Fellow has given the University a highly-respected … Continue Reading

African SWIFT 2019 Round-up Newsletter is out!

Along 2019 the SWIFT team was very active and worked very hard with its partners to achieve the project aims. In order to share all the activities and news with SWIFT stakeholders, we prepared a Round-up Newsletter with a compilation of the most relevant actions and events implemented during 2019. It also has a section … Continue Reading

Heavy Rainfall and Tropical Cyclones affect East Africa

Prepared by Caroline Wainwright, Declan Finney, John Marsham, David Koros, Linda Hirons This year’s short rains over East Africa have been extremely wet, with some regions receiving more than double their usual rainfall. This has led to a constant stream of news stories on heavy rainfall, floods and landslides from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia and … Continue Reading

Master of Science Students at the University of Rwanda Trained on Nowcasting Tool: NWCSAF

Between 19th August and 4th September 2019 African SWIFT Postdoc Researcher, Bethwel Kipkoech Mutai, was invited to teach the Weather Systems module, as part of the MSc. Atmospheric and Climate Science programme at the College of Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda in Kigali. Through structured regional and international collaborations, the University of … Continue Reading

SWIFT female scientists: Jemimah Gacheru-Ongoma interview

As part of African SWIFT actions to promote female participation and gender balance in its activities, and to attract more women in the fields of science and meteorology in general, we asked some of SWIFT African female scientists to reflect on their experiences of working in this field, including any barriers that they might face, … Continue Reading