From 12 to 30 January 2015, EUMETSAT is hosting a training event, jointly organised with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in the framework of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project.
The objective is to train the experts of the African MESA Regional Implementation Centres (RIC) on the new version of the e-station software developed by the JRC and. In the course of 2015, the new software will replace the current version installed at 55 locations in all sub-Saharan African countries. The e-station allows the generation of weekly or monthly bulletins of environmental information, based on data received via the EUMETCast-Africa data dissemination system.
The three-week training session is dedicated to the MESA regional centres dealing with land-related thematic applications:The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Climate Application Centre (ICPAC) in Nairobi, Kenya, which develops land degradation assessment, natural habitat conservation and forest monitoring services; The Agrometeorology, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) centre in Niamey, Niger, which specialises in water management for cropland and rangeland; The Southern African Development Community Climate Service Centre, hosted at the Botswana Department of Meteorology, which supports agricultural and environmental resources management; and The African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), which provides climate services (climate change monitoring) for disaster risk reduction.
Two more training sessions will follow in the coming months: one for marine applications and one for water resource management applications to support the following thematic applications in Africa:Costal and Marine Resources management in the western Africa and in the Indian Ocean region; Water Monitoring for fluvial transportation and environmental assessment over the Congo-Oubangui-Sangha river basin.