EUMETSAT is Organising a Webinar on Nowcasting in Africa

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The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is organising a webinar on Nowcasting in Africa. This webinar aims to give an overview of Nowcasting in Africa through concrete examples, present results of recent initiatives to strengthen Nowcasting capacities and discuss the future of nowcasting in Africa, including the contribution of the upcoming Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

Nowcasting is defined as forecasting over a period from the present to six hours ahead. It is vital to monitor severe weather events and adjust warnings made to the population or specific user groups about imminent meteorological risk, with potential damages or casualties.

Climate change increases the frequency and severity of weather-led disasters, high economic costs and human losses. Therefore, nowcasting is more and more critical for people’s safety and key economic sectors such as aviation, agriculture, energy, water management and emergency preparedness and response.

Due to the scarcity of surface and upper-air observations in Africa, weather satellites are a crucial source of information to provide the high temporal and spatial data coverage African forecasters need to deliver efficient nowcasting and warn key users and the population.

The Webinar is open to everyone. The target audience is the African stakeholders involved in the Disaster Risk Management cycle, from preparedness weather forecasting to early warning and immediate response and the professionals benefiting from short-term weather forecasts (e.g. aviation authorities, renewable energy production manager, etc.)

The webinar will be held on 15 March 2022 at 09:00-11:00 & 13:00-15:00 UTC.

For more information, please visit EUMETSAT’s website, and for registration, please click here.

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