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White Paper published on Sub-Saharan Africa weather forecasting
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6th December 2021

White Paper published on Sub-Saharan Africa weather forecasting

Urgent investment in African weather forecasting aids weather-and climate-resilient future and contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the continent: joint paper by the GCRF African SWIFT and ForPAc SHEAR projects.

The SWIFT project has taught us a lot about the state of African weather forecasting, the opportunities for the future, and some of the false assumptions which can be made. In partnership with the ForPAc SHEAR project, we have published a White Paper documenting our understanding of the African weather forecasting challenge and our vision for rapid progress over the coming decade if suitable investment is made. We consider that there can be a revolution in the delivery of critical, life-saving information to the people and businesses of Africa.

Throughout the course of the GCRF African SWIFT programme (2017-2022), experts in African meteorology, climate services and capacity-building, from Africa, the UK and international partners, have worked together in research, operational forecast delivery, co-production activities with users and provision of training. Through these hands-on experiences, we have gained knowledge, insight and evidence regarding the steps needed to enable a transition to a weather- and climate-ready future for the population of sub-Saharan Africa, with a vision to maximise forecast use and potential for disaster risk reduction through preparedness action across seamless weather timescales.

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