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CHG hosts trainings in Tanzania and Kenya, Africa
Collage of workshop attendees receiving their certificates of completion.

Photo Courtesy of Shrad Shukla

2018 has already been a busy year for the Climate Hazards Group, as members held two trainings at the end of January and early February in Tanzania and Kenya, Africa. The first training, "SERVIR ESA Regional Hydroclimate Services Training Workshop" was held from January 30th to February 2nd, 2018 in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania. The workshop's purpose was to train partners from National Meteorological Agencies and Hydrological Services in web-services to access agroclimate datasets, agroclimate datasets and in application of the web-services and datasets in addressing decision making applications in the sector of (i) seasonal climate scenarios (ii) agricultural drought monitoring (iii) water resources management and (iv) index insurance. Trainers for this workshop included Shraddhanand Shukla, Greg Husak, Amy McNally, Sari Blakeley, and Denis Macharia, CHG-collaborator/Weather and Climate lead for SERVIR E & SA project from the Regional Centre for Mapping Resource For Development (RCMRD).

Post workshop the participants provided positive feedback on the training. For example, the participants expressed interest in potentially using each of the web-services (Fig.1) and the examples of the applications of those web-services for decision making purposes (Fig. 2).

Furthermore, one participant had positive comments on the Training Feedback form stating,"The training was very instructive, these materials acquired will be very useful in my daily activities and for my country. Thank you!" and likewise one another participants mentioned, "I will train my colleagues who develop scenarios at the GHACOF's and showcase the products in the upcoming Scientific Conferences".

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UCSB Geography Graduate Student, Sari Blakeley presenting to the audience.

Photo Courtesy of Shrad Shukla

From February 5th to 8th, Climate Hazards Group held another training, titled, "GeoMod and hydrometeorological data for climate impact assessments" in Nairobi, Kenya at the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC). Members of the CHG were training fourteen meteorological and agrometeorological professionals from ICPAC and nine National Meteorological and Hydrological Services professionals to help them develop projections of precipitation and temperature under climate change scenarios. In doing this, they were also presented with background on Climate Hazards Group Infrared Precipitation with Station Data (CHIRPS), Early Warning Explorer (EWX) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network Land Data Assimilation System (FLDAS). Exercises blended outputs from EWX and FLDAS, along with projections from Geospatial Model (GeoMOD) to anticipate future water resources. Greg Husak, Laura Harrison, Amy McNally, Gideon Galu, Chris Shitote, and Diriba Korecha all led sections over the course of the three days. "CHIRPS has become the standard," said Guleid Artan, Director of ICPAC. "It was so useful and now I am training my colleagues back home and hope to participate again at any other workshop like this from CHG, FEWSNET, and NASA" stated a GeoMod participant summarizing their experience.

Denis Macharia, RCMRD

Photo Courtesy of Shrad Shukla

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Greg Husak, CHG, presenting to the audience. Photo Courtesy of Shrad Shukla.