523 Helping Africa Help Itself

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Jim Anderson, Earth Networks, Germantown, MD

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Title:  Helping Africa Help Itself

Author: Jim Anderson

Abstract Text:

Over the last couple of decades international aid agencies and countries in Africa have invested heavily in modernizing and expanding their weather observing, forecasting and severe weather alerting infrastructure.  Unfortunately, much of that investment has not had significant impact on the service provided to key government and enterprise users as well as the quality of information available to the general public.  More work needs to be done.  Modern cloud computing, mobile telecommunications and signal processing are enabling a new generation of weather intelligence solutions that operate more reliably in regions with limited infrastructure and capacity, cost less, and can have broader application. 

In this presentation Earth Networks reviews a range of case studies and examples of how a new generation of technology is being used to benefit wide swaths of east and west Africa.  Technical challenges and solutions are reviewed.  Possibilities for technology enhancements are discussed.


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