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GCRF-African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques

GCRF-African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) is improving weather forecasting in Africa.

In Africa, weather extremes such as storms, droughts and floods have severe impacts on communities. Every year, high-intensity weather events result in devastating losses of life and damages to land, property and infrastructure.

Improving the accuracy of weather forecasting is critical for people’s safety, and for key economic sectors including aviation, agriculture, energy, water and emergency response.

The GCRF-African SWIFT programme aims to deliver a step change in African weather forecasting capability and communication, from hourly to seasonal timescales, to protect the lives and livelihoods of African people while improving the economies of their countries.

GCRF-African SWIFT was launched in 2017, and is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. The programme includes partners from universities and national meteorological services in Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK.