Approaches to Combine Technologies for Weather Observation, Storage and Analysis
This research study is part of the USAID-funded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services (CIS) in Africa (Sustainable CIS project). The project supports research to design and implement sustainable CIS models within and alongside Sub-Saharan African National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS). The project focuses on a subset of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Mali.
The report explores the optimum use of different technologies and associated issues related to meteorological observation, data management, and data analyses for climate information services (CIS) in sub-Saharan Africa. Key types of meteorological observation, including ground weather stations, atmospheric profilers, lightning detectors, weather radar, and satellite observations are reviewed and case studies are presented that showcase initiatives and innovative technologies. Tools and approaches to data management and data analysis are also discussed. The report also offers low-cost approaches to address the challenge of sparse station networks and climate data scarcity.