The ability to predict, warn and prepare for climate related events such as flood, drought and extreme weather is essential to protect and increase the resilience of communities. Most people are not able to interpret long-term forecasts or climate models. One of the main challenges today is to ensure that reliable climate information is processed and communicated in a way that enables individuals and communities to understand and act before disaster strikes.
NORCAP helps international and national actors mitigate the effects of the climate crisis by recruiting and deploying experienced and passionate experts that provides the necessary technical expertise.
We work with partners at the local, regional and national level to make climate services more accessible. Our experts help them improve long-term forecasting, flood and drought forecasting, national climate planning, climate finance, outreach, co-production and trainings.
Funding from the government of Norway (Norad) allows us to work and provide expertise to improve Africa’s ability to predict, warn and prepare for climate related events such as flood, drought and extreme weather. Our experts have significant experience with climate change adaptation, meteorology and hydrology, as well as reducing and managing disaster risk.
In Niger, we work with local communities to understand which climate services are needed to produce good crops and prevent food shortages from floods and droughts. We promote solutions to bring climate information to those who needed it. Our experts contribute to training local radio stations on how to communicate lifesaving weather information and provide early warning groups in local villages with telephones so that they can receive important weather and climate forecasts and share it with local farmers.
Currently, NORCAP is engaged in installing a feedback mechanism between the Niger Meteorological office (Niger Met) and public users of climate services to improve the quality and flow of weather information. Our experts also trained local community representatives in using rainwater-measuring devices. This enabled them to track rainfall and report to Niger Met, which can incorporate the data in its measurements to inform in advance if a drought or flood was coming
In Senegal, we supported the development of a global and national framework for climate services. Our experts contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of climate services in the country, which resulted in better coordination between local, regional and national actors. They also worked on developing system-wide preparedness through training in the field. Furthermore, NORCAP experts have developed a digital weather research- and forecasting model which went into service together with climate data analysing tools for the national provider of weather and climate information, ANACIM. Their members also have received training from NORCAP experts. This allows not only more accurate weather forecasting but also climate modelling which enables researchers to make long term climate predictions.
In Sudan, one of the most recent countries NORCAP has sent experts to, we support the Sudan National Meteorological Authority (SMA) in making their weather services more accurate and improving early warning systems. Our experts are developing a global and national framework for climate services and training local staff on data management and on applying geographical information systems for climate services.
East Africa Hazards Watch
In collaboration with IGAD and ICPAC, NORCAP experts have developed the East Africa Hazards Watch. This tool tracks extreme events such as droughts, cyclones, pests (desert locusts), heavy rainfalls, floods or crop failures and displays it clearly and easily accessible on a website. This makes the East Africa Hazard watch an efficient early warning system to protect the population against such hazards.
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