Africa is disproportionately exposed to catastrophic climate, hydrological and meteorological risks. Well-funded weather monitoring, nowcasting and early-warning systems must become a priority. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].
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All African national hydromet services should have access to basic, short-range numerical weather prediction models, such as EUMETSAT’s Nowcasting and Very Short-Range Forecasting software packages (called the Nowcasting Satellite Application Facility, NWC SAF). The £9-million (US$11-million) African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by the University of Leeds, UK, in partnership with the WMO, made a good start. From 2017 to 2022, a team of UK and African atmospheric scientists, social scientists and operational forecasters (including M.G., P.N., J.G.O. and A.T.G.) worked together to understand how best to utilize NWC SAF for users in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. More work such as this is sorely needed.
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