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Probabilistic rainfall predictions for tropical agriculture in West Africa
Oct. 22, 2019, 16:45 - 17:45
KIT, Campus Süd, IMK-TRO, Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1, Geb. 30.23, Seminarraum 13. OG
 

Accurately predicting convective rainfall is a meteorological challenge with implications for billions of people in the Tropics, including West Africa, where agriculture is extremely rain-dependent. Addressing this, Ignitia developed a high-resolution numerical ensemble prediction system for tropical rainfall predictions. Ignitia reliably predicts the rainfall's spatiotemporal distribution allowing for improved lives and livelihoods in West Africa. Through its forecast product “iska”, Ignitia provides location-specific, SMS-based 48-hour probabilistic rainfall forecasts to about a million daily users across West Africa. The enabling of better-informed decisions through “iska” allows West African farmers to reduce crop-losses while increasing yields by 60% on average as found from field surveys.

 
This event is part of the eventgroup Meteorology Colloquium Karlsruhe
Speaker
Dr. Andreas Vallgren, Chief Science Officer

Ignitia, Schweden
Organizer
IMK-TRO
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-TRO)
KIT
Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel: 0721 608 43356
Mail:doris stenschkeVzz0∂kit edu
http://www.imk-tro.kit.edu
Targetgroup
Students, Scientific Staff
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