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Python training equips African scientists with essential programming skills

The benefits of scientific computing in the daily routine tasks and undertakings of climate scientists at all levels cannot be over-emphasized. Scientific computing, despite its myriad of usefulness, has been identified to be a critical limiting factor to early career researchers and climate scientists’ research in Africa. To bridge this gap, there is the need … Continue Reading

12 templates for sustainable international research management

In this Newton Fund – Global Challenges Research Fund blog post, African SWIFT programme manager Dr Lorraine Youds and Dr Helen Coskeran write about their drive for an international network of research and programme management professionals, offering 12 templates for sustainable research management. Enjoy this short excerpt or follow the link below to read the … Continue Reading

Do convection-permitting ensembles lead to more skilful short-range probabilistic rainfall forecasts over tropical East Africa?

By Dr Carlo Cafaro for GCRF African SWIFT Most of the rainfall in the tropical Africa region comes from convective systems. Forecasting convection is both challenging and crucial – slight changes in surface temperatures, cloud amounts, or winds aloft can drastically affect the timing, location and intensity of the convection. Thus, convective rainfall forecasts can … Continue Reading

Tanzania’s ‘forgotten’ cyclones and concerns for the future

Following the rare event of a tropical cyclone making landfall in Tanzania in April, African SWIFT and FCFA scientists unpacked new research recounting the devastating impacts of previous tropical cyclones from 1872 and 1952. Read the short excerpt below, or visit The Conversation to read the full story. A cyclone, known as Jobo, made landfall near Dar … Continue Reading

Intensive training equips forecasters to better predict Africa’s severe storms

By Dr Jennifer Fletcher for GCRF African SWIFT High-impact weather leads to devastating losses in tropical Africa each year. Precipitation forecasts from weather-prediction models remain very poor, and existing tools for very near-term prediction remain under-utilised. In September, African SWIFT is undertaking Testbed 3, an intensive two-week trialling of new approaches and tools to short-term, … Continue Reading