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Title: Africa Initiative Proposal


1
Africa Initiative Proposal
  • UCAR Presidents Council
  • 17 November, 2006
  • Roelof Bruintjes, Arlene Laing, Raj Pandya, Mel
    Shapiro, and Tom Warner

2
Africa Initiative Ideals
  • African Solutions to African Problems
  • Explore Earth science research themes that are
    critical to Africa and important for the world
  • A priority on research applications with direct
    societal benefit
  • Long-term capacity building, education and
    research in the atmospheric and related sciences
  • Deep collaboration with African institutions
  • Leverage existing networks and infrastructure

3
AI Science Goal
  • Increase knowledge of the role of African
    weather, climate, and biogeochemical processes in
    the Earth system

4
AI Societal Goal
  • Use improved knowledge to develop improved
    operational systems and dissemination that will
    improve lives in Africa

5
Capacity Goals
  • Capacity building, in partnership with African
    Scientists, educators, and stakeholders, is a
    pre-requisite to achieving the societal and
    science goals
  • Enhance existing observational networks and
    improve data sharing (Proposed Activity A)
  • Advance regional numerical weather prediction
    (Proposed Activity B)
  • Offer educational and collaborative opportunities
    for students and professionals (Proposed Activity
    C)

6
Building Partnerships
  • Ongoing and proposed international programs, e.g.
    AMMA Thorpex
  • Expertise from colleagues at NOAA, NASA, and UCAR
    institutions currently involved in research and
    operational applications in Africa
  • Assess funding opportunities, e.g. World Bank,
    WHO, Gates Foundation
  • Needs a travel budget and administrative support

7
A Partnership Model
African University and Researchers
UCAR
Pan-Africa Organization
Applications Research
New Met Tools and Data
African Stakeholders (Not Meteorologists)
8
Developing a Consensus Recommendation
  • Multiple meetings, culminating in a meeting on 9
    November
  • 15 people, including representatives of UCAR,
    NCAR, and UOP
  • 11 ideas presented, 3 recommended to the
    Presidents Council

9
Criteria
  • Proposed ideas were evaluated on the following
    criteria
  • Offer clear benefit to African people
  • Address scientific concerns that are important to
    Africa and significant globally
  • Contribute to longer-term research capacity in
    the atmospheric sciences
  • Include collaboration with African scientists and
    stakeholders
  • Build on demonstrated UCAR expertise with minimal
    ramp-up
  • Offer the probability of near term success
  • Encourage international collaboration

10
A Plan focused on West Africa
  • Internal priority for capacity-building
    activities
  • Enhanced Observational Capacity Radar network in
    West Africa
  • Enhanced Modeling Capacity WRF in Ghana
  • Educational Opportunities Workshop in
    Ouagadougou to explore opportunities

11
A. Radar Network
  • Two new EEC Doppler C-band weather radars (in
    Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso)
    upgraded with NCAR HIQ receiver and analyses
    software.
  • A Doppler C-band radar in Bamako, Mali with the
    NCAR HIQ receiver and analyses software.
  • Network Mali and Burkina Faso radars and
    potentially Niger and Senegal radars.
  • Stream data to UNIDATA for collaborative
    scientific analyses between African and other
    scientists.
  • Education and training (A training program in the
    calibration and maintenance of the radars and
    software packages).
  • Total Cost, w/o overhead 110K

12
Burkina Faso infrastructure
Radar installation on top of control tower and
King Air B-200 and hangar facilities at the
airport in Ouagadougou
13
Mali
14
Weather radar and project locations
Radar locations
Burkina Faso and Mali radar locations.
15
Real-time data Bamako, Mali
http//www.rap.ucar.edu/projects/westafrica/bamako
radardata/images/BamakoDbz/CP_BamakoDbz_BAMAKO_200
61003163600.png
16
B. WRF in West Africa
  • Establish operational mesoscale forecasting
    system at NCAR (using modest computer), and
    provide products to African weather services.
    Focus first on West Africa.
  • Improve model (forecast quality) and graphical
    interface based on feedback from African
    forecasters.
  • Conduct a workshop for forecasters, in Accra, on
    the effective use of high-resolution
    meteorological-model products.
  • Total Cost 125K

17
Phase II
  • Expand area coverage using larger computer.
  • Expand educational component with African
    universities and meteorological services
  • Develop partnerships with African stakeholders to
    adapt weather products to special needs e.g.,
    coupled weather/agricultural models, dust-storm
    models, etc.
  • Funding will be sought through the Millennium
    Challenge Corporation

18
Early Partners
  • University of Ghana Legon (through Ben Lamptey
    NCAR post doc)
  • Ghana Meteorological Agency (through Ben Lamptey
    NCAR post doc)
  • Private sector (ZedX Inc., coupling weather
    models with ag models, etc.)

19
Planned forecast-model grids for Phase-I system
(D2 13.5 km grid increment)
20
C. February Workshop
  • Burkina Faso and Mali want to host a workshop for
    W. African NMHS folks
  • Hands-on, Discussion-oriented format
  • Opportunity to introduce UCAR activities
  • Ground truthing for AI activities
  • Thorpex is aware and participating
  • 25K for UCAR folks to attend, help organize

21
From Initiative to Action
  • An active approach to building a program
  • An opportunity for UCAR to show leadership and
    establish credibility in this arena
  • A set of pilot activities with high-probability
    of success
  • A safe opportunity to learn and explore
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