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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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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% … Continue Reading

Sunny skies ahead for SWIFT student: PhD researcher claims Royal Meteorological Society award

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds It’s sunny skies ahead for GCRF African SWIFT-sponsored PhD student Michael Baidu who was recently recognized as an important up-and-coming voice in meteorology. The recognition came after he claimed a prestigious Royal Meteorological Society award at this year’s Student & Early Career Scientists Conference held in June. The two-day … Continue Reading

Recording available: SWIFT Progress keynote address featuring CINSERE, ForPAc & HIGHWAY

Despite lockdown measures and travel restrictions due to COVID-19, on 1 June we kicked off SWIFT Progress: Transforming Weather Forecasting Science in Africa, a month-long series of meetings and webinars that gave our team an opportunity to connect virtually.  Amid the fascinating presentations, future planning, and creative Zoom backgrounds, we also hosted a keynote session … Continue Reading