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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

The storm chasers making life-saving forecasts

Weather forecasters in Africa are getting access to satellite data that will allow them to track the path and severity of developing storms – and reduce the death toll from extreme weather events. An initiative called African SWIFT has enabled meteorologists to make accurate, hour-by-hour forecasts as severe weather approaches, a technique known as ‘nowcasting’ – very-short-range … Continue Reading

East Africa faces triple crisis of COVID-19, locusts and floods

New article by SWIFT team member John Marsham explains the impacts that flooding of Lake Victoria in Kenya and locusts have on vulnerable populations, especially in the time of COVID-19. A year of exceptional rainfall, floods and locust outbreaks is decreasing the resilience of vulnerable populations in East Africa just at the time of the … Continue Reading