Testbed 2: Sub-seasonal

The African-SWIFT sub-seasonal testbed is a two-year process where national meteorological services, universities and forecast users are working together to improve forecasts on sub-seasonal timescales – one to four weeks into the future.

Launched in November 2019 in Ngong, Kenya, the testbed takes a unique approach by bringing African SWIFT scientists and the users of forecast information together to co-create better forecast products.

Users groups – including an energy company, agricultural agencies and health organisations – provide insight on their needs and feedback on forecast products. Through this close collaboration, African SWIFT scientists are able to better understand users’ needs and can produce useful forecast products to inform decision making in tropical Africa.

Testbed News

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…

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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…

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The African-SWIFT Project embarks on a two-year co-production journey for sub-seasonal forecasting

Prepared by Elisabeth Thompson, Linda Hirons, Felipe Andrade and Steven Woolnough From the 18th to the 22nd November, 32 people from more than 20 organisations came together at the new headquarters of the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre in Ngong Town, Nairobi for the Kick-off meeting of a two year Sub-seasonal to Seasonal (S2S)…

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The African-SWIFT project launches the sub-seasonal testbed with a kick-off event in Ngong, Kenya

Next week, 18th to 22nd November 2019, Scientists and Forecasters from SWIFT partner Universities, and National and Regional Meteorological Services will gather in Ngong, Kenya for the start of the sub-seasonal testbed. During the week Scientists and Forecasters from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK, together with the Forecast Users from Cameron, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria,…

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