Workshop Webinar on climate information needs in the Greater Horn of Africa_June 19th, 2015

Date: Friday June 19 2015

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several U.S. and East African institutions will hold the second Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) workshop on July 28-29, 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa. This workshop is part of a 3-year NASA-funded project aimed at improving drought and flood prediction in the GHA. Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse (NDMC) is leading the project as a principal investigator and coordinator. This project is a multi-disciplinary effort including team members from several U.S. institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of California-Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazard Group, U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources and Observation Science Center and Famine Early Warning Systems Network, International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Most of these institutions will be represented at the July workshop.

We would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming pre-workshop webinar designed to inform you about and get feedback on a collaborative project that deals with seasonal climate information and users’ needs in the GHA. Although this pre-workshop webinar is not a requirement to participate in the workshop in Addis Ababa, we believe it would help us in identifying interested individuals and institutions to participate in the second workshop. It would also allow us to group the participants according to their area of expertise and/or economic sectors, which in turn may help foster productive discussions. The pre-workshop webinar is schedule for June 19, 2015, @8AM CST (4 PM in the afternoon, Addis Ababa time). Please indicate your willingness to participate by registering below. The link can be found below the webinar and project information.

Information about this Webinar and Project:
The pre-workshop webinar and the workshop are being organized by: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Meteorological Agency (NMA) of Ethiopia, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA), Ethiopian Meteorological Society (EtMS), and Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia.

NASA GHA Project Goal: To understand and, where possible, extend the predictive time horizons for extreme drought and flood in the GHA given the challenges of an evolving climate baseline and diverse information needs to support mitigation strategies.

This project is in its second year, and we are aiming to meet the following goals and objectives at the workshop:

1. Present the progress of the first year’s project activities to the experts and decision makers representing local (private, governmental, and NGOs), regional, and international organizations in the GHA and collect their feedback. These activities include the development of various seasonal preliminary models and experimental prediction products.

2. Discuss what hydro-climatic information could feed into decision making and design a participatory plan. The development of a framework that uses dialogue between managers and scientists on how to enhance the use of models’ outputs and prediction products in the GHA is crucial as it will help improve the delivery of this information in ways that can be easily utilized by managers.

3. Review the scope of the project and engage the decision makers in our assessment of information requirements and use their feedback to reorient the prediction models to address their needs.

Here is a link to the current project web page with information related to last year’s workshop:

Register for the Pre-Workshop Webinar (June 19th, 2015; 8:00 am Central Time or 4:00pmAddis Ababa Time):

On the day of the webinar, please log in at least 15 minutes prior to the start by going to:
You will just need an internet connection and audio speakers. Questions will be handled through the “chat box” feature within the virtual meeting room. If you have questions, please email me. My information is found below my signature. Thank you.

Lastly, the workshop on July 28-29 , 2015 is invite only as we are confined to limited space. However, if you are interested in attending the workshop, please email me and I will add you to the potential list.