Nov 23, 2015

New resources for African users are now available online.

The ASMET (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) project produces online learning lessons that teach African forecasters how to enhance their forecasts by making better use of meteorological satellite images and products. The lessons are produced by the ASMET team, which consists of meteorology instructors from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) (Pretoria), the Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR/TRC) (Kenya), EAMAC/ASECNA (Niger), DNM (Morocco), and staff from EUMETSAT (Germany) and The COMET® Program (UCAR, USA).

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Within the ASMET-8 project the team has now produced four new satellite training lessons. They are available in English online at MetEd website (registration needed). The French versions of the lessons will be available in 2016.

Two of the ASMET-8 lessons introduce Marine forecasting challenges.

Extreme High Swell Events on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast is produced by la Direction de la Météorologie Nationale in Morocco. It describes the appropriate process in forecasting high swell events. High swell events can develop far from the coast under cyclonic conditions, and take several days to travel to land. If early warnings are not issued, they can take an area by surprise and have a devastating impact. The lesson aims to improve the ability of marine forecasters to forecast extreme marine events related to high swells.

Using ASCAT Wind and Other Data in Marine Forecastin, produced by South African Weather Service experts, demonstrates the use of scatterometer wind and, to a lesser extent, altimeter significant wave height products in marine forecasting.

These lessons are intended for operational marine forecasters, meteorologists, and meteorological technicians at coastal stations, as well as meteorology students.

Forecasting Heavy Rains and Landslides in Eastern Africa, prepared by Kenya Meteorological Service experts, highlights the importance of satellite-based observations in monitoring and forecasting heavy precipitation that often lead to devastating landslides and mudslides. Satellite data is critical for meteorologists and hydrologists forecasting for these areas.

Satellite-Derived Climatology Products for Monitoring Convection Over West and Central Africa, written by École Africaine de la Météorologie et de l´Aviation Civile in Niger, describes the importance for the forecaster in knowing the regional climatology, especially where convection is involved. That is particularly true over Central and West Africa where convection has a strong diurnal cycle and usually develops over particular geographic regions and during specific time intervals. The lesson describes satellite-derived cloud climatology products and several global instability indices, all of which can be integrated with other products to forecast convection. The lesson is aimed at weather forecasters and meteorology students who work in West and Central Africa and are interested in the area’s weather and/or climatology.