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‘Creating possibilities and giving hope’: on the GCRF frontline

UK Research and Innovation has announced a large cut to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) as a result of the Government’s decision to reduce spending on international aid. GCRF was established to target the best of Britain’s research effort at the big problems facing the world. The University of Leeds has been involved in about 150 individual … Continue Reading

Challenges and solutions to nowcasting for Africa

By Dr Alexander Roberts, National Centre for Atmospheric Research and University of Leeds A new study outlines the challenges in delivering short-term weather warnings in Africa, called nowcasting, and proposes ways solutions can be provided in the coming years. A recent GCRF African SWIFT paper published in the Royal Meteorological Society Journal Weather details approaches … 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

How will West Africa’s climate ‘feel’ decades from now?

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb, by the end of the century the average day in West Africa will be well outside of what people experience in today’s climate, according to new University of Leeds research published in Climatic Change. This is due to the region warming and the monsoon rains being disrupted in … Continue Reading

How a satellite dish can save lives: Ghana advances nowcasting to improve early weather warnings

By Dr. Jeffrey Nii Armah Aryee, Lecturer and Researcher at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana Accurate weather forecasting is an essential tool of modern society, which brings benefit to human safety and livelihoods, along with economic development and prosperity. The Nowcasting Satellite Facility (NWC-SAF) provides various products that are useful for improving nowcasting potential in Africa. Ghana … Continue Reading