Africa

How skilful are sub-seasonal precipitation forecasts for Africa?

By Dr Felipe M. de Andrade for GCRF-African SWIFT Demands for accurate sub-seasonal forecasts with intervals from weeks to months into the future are increasing across Africa. Such forecasts in particular may support decision makers to take preparedness actions for preventing or reducing the impacts of severe weather conditions on lives, properties and economic activities. … Continue Reading

Weather forecasts signal meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists are using weather forecasts to predict the location and scale of impending meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa. It is part of an early-warning system being piloted with the aim of giving health agencies more time to activate emergency response plans. The approach – pioneered by ACMAD, the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development, and … Continue Reading

Seven women forging the future of African weather forecasting

The future is female. This increasingly common phrase points to the fact that although women and girls represent half the world’s population, gender inequality continues to be a pervasive human rights issue, stagnating social progress and limiting our potential to create a healthy sustainable future for all. Persistent gender inequities exclude many women from contributing … Continue Reading

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

Michael Baidu

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