capacity building

Partnership improves weather and climate services across Central Africa

By Joshua Talib (UKCEH), Cheikh Dione (ACMAD) and Pascal Moudi Igri (CAPC-AC) for African SWIFT In May 2015 the Central African Climate Prediction and Application Centre (CACP-AC) was formed in Cameroon to provide the latest weather forecast products and climate services to countries in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). ECCAS contains eleven … Continue Reading

Hackathon improves sub-seasonal forecasting, vital to livelihood in East Africa

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds Scientists from Kenya and the UK joined forces for an intensive week of programming to improve sub-seasonal forecasting in East Africa. Hosted in February 2020 by the GCRF African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) and ForPAc research programmes, the East Africa Hackathon brought forecasters and researchers … Continue Reading

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 … 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