The community is also helping with data collection. Here is NORCAP expert Bintou Diallo with local community representatives putting in place a rainwater-measuring device. This enables the community to track rainfall and report to the National Meteorology Office. (Photo: NORCAP/Mina Weydahl)
Read caption The community is also helping with data collection. Here is NORCAP expert Bintou Diallo with local community representatives putting in place a rainwater-measuring device. This enables the community to track rainfall and report to the National Meteorology Office. (Photo: NORCAP/Mina Weydahl)

Action on climate change

Published 01. Nov 2018
The current climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Individuals, communities and nations become more vulnerable as the frequency and magnitude of natural hazards and extreme weather events increases.

The challenge

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.

Our approach 

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. 

READ MORE: NORCAP strengthens partners' capacity to provide clean energy services to vulnerable populations. 

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.

Aissatou Ndaw is the leader of a local women's group called "Sisters United" in Kaffrine, Senegal. She is also a focal point for the national meteorological services (ANACIM), and receives weather forecasts that she distributes to her network. (Photo: Fernanda Baumhardt/NORCAP)
Read caption Understanding the needs of affected populations is vital to build climate resilient communities. Local communities are dependent on timely, accurate and understandable climate information in order to protect their livelihoods and prepare for challenging weather events. Watch and learn how people in Kenya and Senegal would like to prepare for future climate changes.


Our impact

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.

 

Get in touch

Start a dialogue with us today:
norcap@nrc.no

 

NORCAP climate expert Alioune Kaere and Djabel Ndiaye from the Senegal meteorological office, ANACIM, inspecting a weather station in Kaffrine, Senegal. (Photo: NORCAP/Ida Sem Fossvik)
Read caption NORCAP climate expert Alioune Kaere and Djabel Ndiaye from the Senegal meteorological office, ANACIM, inspecting a weather station in Kaffrine, Senegal. (Photo: NORCAP/Ida Sem Fossvik)