Shattering the glass ceiling for women in weather: Ghanaian climate scientist shares successes and systemic barriers

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds As a young girl growing up in Ghana, Dr. Winifred Atiah was fascinated by the weather forecasts she watched on TV with her family. While some childhood passions fade with age, Atiah’s was a launch point for her career in meteorology and climate science. Despite being classed as an … Read more

Kenyan Lakes reach record levels

By Jemimah Gacheru (KMD), Chris Kiptum (KMD), David Koros (KMD), Caroline Wainwright (Reading), John Marsham (Leeds) for GCRF-African SWIFT Several lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley have reached record levels, causing concerns for livelihoods and ecology in the region. Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria, once 20 kilometres apart, are now so close there are fears one could … Read more

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

With files from Simon Williams, UK CEH Ground-breaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. Mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) are ‘megastorms’ that affect large parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, … Read more

A ‘FLAIR’ for research: SWIFT scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds Ghana’s agricultural sector loses more than £20 million each year due to extreme temperatures, changes in rain cycles, floods and droughts – poor climatic conditions as a result of climate change. For a country where agriculture accounts for more than 50% of the GDP and provides more than 90% … Read more