Understanding Capacity Needs of African National Meteorological and Hydrological Agencies

Understanding Capacity Needs of African National Meteorological and Hydrological Agencies

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2 May 2018

Delivering climate information requires access to reliable climate and weather data, but the collection and processing of hydro-meteorological data is significantly underfunded in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). National meteorological and hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the mandate to observe, forecast and issue warnings for pending weather and climate threats. Currently there is a great opportunity to ensure that NMHSs have appropriate capacities, governance framework and financial infrastructure to deliver on this mandate, but to do this effectively, accurate identification of, and investments in, capacity gaps are key.

Speakers

Dr Veronica Grasso (World Meteorological Organisation)
Showcasing a checklist for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to identify and address needs an capacity gaps

Dr Tufa Dinku (International Research Institute for Climate and Society)
An overview of a metrics tool to help NMHSs identity capacity gaps

Dr Seydou Traore (AGRYHMET Regional Centre)
Capacities of selected national meteorological services in Africa to provide climate information services

Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda)
Response to the previous speakers, aligning assessment and metric tool approaches with NMHSs' needs

Description

Delivering climate information requires access to reliable climate and weather data, but the collection and processing of hydro-meteorological data is significantly underfunded in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). National meteorological and hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the mandate to observe, forecast and issue warnings for pending weather and climate threats. Currently there is a great opportunity to ensure that NMHSs have appropriate capacities, governance framework and financial infrastructure to deliver on this mandate, but to do this effectively, accurate identification of, and investments in, capacity gaps are key.

To discuss this in more depth, this webinar draws together panelists from the WMO, AGRHYMET Regional Centre, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and the Rwanda Meteorology Agency to discuss the above questions. WMO will showcase a checklist for NMHSs with some reflections of how projects use a tool like this to identify and address needs and capacity gaps.

International Research Institute for Climate and Society will present a tool to enable NMHSs to quantifiably articulate their capacity gaps. This work builds on existing approaches and has implications for future capacity assessments. 

AGHRYMET Regional Centre will present their experiences from recent capacity assessments for Niger and Malawi, focussing on key learning, surprises and reflections.      

Finally, Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) will respond to the previous speakers on how the assessment and metric tool approaches align with their own needs.

This webinar will be facilitated by Dr Zablone Owiti, SouthSouthNorth Projects Africa.

To register for the webinar, click here.

 

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