Dear David, Rene, Clement and Afrik-IT members,
The recent discussion on IT and drought has been very enlighening. As a meteorol
ogist I am aware of the problems many African meteorological services face -
lack of properly trained manpower and the means.
On of the recent developments that many African weather centers will benefit is
the MDD (Meteorological Data Distribution) mission which became operational a
t the beginning of 1992. The MDD system has three components - the uplink sit
es, the satellite transponder (relay) and user reception stations. One of the
uplink site is managed by the United Kingdom Meteorological Office in Brackn
ell. The data sets disseminated via MDD consist of meteorological information
, forecast charts from the UKMO and ECMWF, 10 daily rainfall estimates for Af
rica from Reading University, NDVI images, etc. The MDD information is availa
ble to all African meteorological services.
The problem now is how to interpret the charts and images localy and then pass t
he information to the different clients in the language they undrstand. To ac
hieve the objective, a considerable amount of training is required at the met
Currently CAL (Computor Aided Learning) of meteorology is being developed. CAL
will be very useful in training meteorologists in Africa. I am sure Clement c
ould tell us more about CAL.
I see IT playing a great role in both disseminating meteorological information a
nd traing those who are involoved in forecasting.