Paper #135201

The UCAR Africa Initiative – Overview and Update

Tom Yoksas, UCAR, Boulder, CO; and R. Bruintjes, B. Foote, S. Heck, S. Herrmann, L. Hoswell, P. A. Kucera, A. Laing, B. L. Lamptey, M. W. Moncrieff, R. Pandya, M. Ramamurthy, R. Roberts, T. Spangler, T. T. Warner, and M. Weingroff

UCAR has embarked on an effort whose goal is assisting in building atmospheric-sciences capacity in Africa. The UCAR Africa Initiative is motivated by Africa's under representation in international efforts to develop improved research capabilities, observing facilities, operational forecasting, and meteorological education. Three initial endeavors focused on West Africa and the Sahel, have begun: 1) the development of a modest radar network and data-distribution system for a few countries in the Sahel, 2) initiation of a partnership among UCAR, the Ghana Meteorological Agency, and the Ghana university community to develop an operational Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for West Africa, and 3) the organization of a workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on April 2-6, 2007, where the theme of the workshop was “Improving Lives by Understanding Weather”. This presentation will provide an overview of the various efforts being planned as part of the UCAR Africa Initiative, give a status update of efforts currently underway, and explore avenues for greater collaboration with the UCAR community on African issues and endeavors.

We recognized that there are a number of efforts being undertaken by universities and government agencies that include atmospheric-science capacity building in Africa. Given the substantial existing unmet needs and the size of the challenge, UCAR is augmenting these other activities in a variety of ways. We invite UCAR-Member and Affiliate universities, and other organizations, to share information relevant to their endeavors with the community at-large so that all can better achieve the common goal of improving the atmospheric-sciences infrastructure in Africa.->



Abstract ID#: 135201
Password: 848003
Final Paper #: 3B.1
Program Selection: 24th Conference on IIPS
Topic Selection: 3B. International Applications - PART II [the Last Six Papers in This session are 'overflow' papers from the Joint Session on Global Earth Observations with IOAS-AOLS]
Title: The UCAR Africa Initiative – Overview and Update
Comments to Organizer: Exactly which author will present the paper has not yet been determined.
Presentation Format: Oral
Paper Submitted by a Student: N

First Author

Presenting
Tom Yoksas
Unidata
UCAR
P.O. 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
Phone Number: 303.497.8642
Fax Number: 303.497.8690
Email: yoksas@unidata.ucar.edu
* AMS Member
* Membership Number 016805

Second Author

Roelof Bruintjes
Rap
NCAR
PO Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
Phone Number: 303-497-8909
Fax Number: 303-497-8401
Email: roelof@ucar.edu

Third Author

Brant Foote
NCAR


* AMS Member

Fourth Author

Sherri Heck
University of Colorado

Fifth Author

Stefanie Herrmann
NCAR

Sixth Author

Liz Hoswell
NCAR

Seventh Author

Paul A. Kucera
Research Applications Laboratory
NCAR
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
Phone Number: 1-303-497-2807
Fax Number: 1-303-497-8401
Email: pkucera@ucar.edu
* AMS Member
* Membership Number 010190

Eighth Author

Arlene Laing
The COMET Program
UCAR/COMET
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone Number: 303-497-8147
Email: laing@ucar.edu
* AMS Member
* Membership Number 018028

Ninth Author

Benjamin L. Lamptey
Research Applications Laboratory
NCAR
3450 Mitchell Lane
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone Number: 303-497-2836
Fax Number: 303-497-8401
Email: lamptey@ucar.edu
* First Time Student Presenter
* AMS Member

Tenth Author

Mitchell W. Moncrieff
Mesoscale and Microscale meteorology Division
NCAR
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone Number: 303-497-8960
Fax Number: 303-497-8181
Email: moncrief@ucar.edu
* AMS Member

Eleventh Author

Rajul Pandya
SOARS Program Office
UCAR
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone Number: 497-2650
Email: pandya@ucar.edu
* AMS Member

Twelfth Author

Mohan Ramamurthy
Unidata/UCAR
Boulder, CO 80307
Phone Number: (303)-497-8661
Email: mohan@ucar.edu
* AMS Member

Thirteenth Author

Rita Roberts
NCAR
3450 Mitchell Lane
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone Number: 303-497-2838
Fax Number: 303-497-8401
Email: rroberts@ucar.edu

Fourteenth Author

Timothy Spangler
UCAR/COMET
UCAR/COMET
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone Number: 303-497-8473
Email: tspang@ucar.edu

Fifteenth Author

Thomas T. Warner
Research Application Laboratory
NCAR
P.O Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
Phone Number: 303-497-8488
Fax Number: 303-497-8401
Email: warner@ucar.edu

Sixteenth Author

Marianne Weingroff
UCAR