State of knowledge, Research Gaps-Towards coordinated pan-African Research- Long Term Planning

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A guide for  operational weather  forecasting for west Africa: the AMMA forecaster’s handbook Rosalind  Cornforth– University  of Reading

 

The presenter had the following to say:

  • There was limited knowledge exchange
  • Addressed the gap between research and the operation
  • A hand book of objective documented comprehensively weather forecasting methods
  • Also focused on training and providing met education
  • Defined ‘chapter plan’ – as a training and learning and handbook for forecasters
  • Proposed how forecast should be done and what resources are needed
  • Identified priorities for the content: some clear consensus on different parts of the book
  • Said that Workshop in Dakar in March this year got  support from ACMAD and WMO to do the work

 

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Evaluation of Dynamical Downscaled high Resolution Regional Climate Models in the Projection of Climate Variability and Change in East Africa- Sarah Osima, Tanzania Meteorological Agency

 

The following were raised in her presentation:

  • Said East Africa rain fall is  influenced by intertropical convergence zone
  • Pointed out that only three stations had good consistency with long term rainfall and temperature data
  • Asked how often  people visit and maintain station
  • Said IPCC  is increasing in East Africa while drought is decreasing
  • Downscaling shows 10 km resolution  rainfall is decreasing
  • Suggested that we need to improve observation stations as one cannot t evaluate the model if they don’t have observed data
  • Both temperature and rainfall distributions are resolution-dependent
  • Showed the results from half of the model because they are still struggling
  • Noted that increase in temperature decreases precipitation.
  • Said we  need to compare simulation with other studies and see if there any changes in signals
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