Makerere Rolls Out Weather Prediction Programme


viagra sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“In Uganda, purchase we have two big challenges – a rapidly increasing population and climate change. If we do not handle these challenges, then we shall have a lot of conflicts like land grabbing. In spite of the low levels of technology available, accuracy of weather prediction is very important. So this project aimed at providing timely and accurate weather information is significant for enabling sustainability of livelihoods in the region,” he added.

Assoc. Prof. Nawangwe, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, was speaking on Wednesday November 20, 2013 during the kick-off meeting for the NORHED funded project – Improving Weather Information Management in East Africa using suitable ICTs (WIMEA ICT) for effective service provision.

The three day event was held at Emin Pasha Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. It drew project partners from Makerere University, University of Bergen (UiB), Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) and Uganda’s Government Department of Meteorology.

Assoc. Prof. Nawangwe noted that the cooperation of different units within Makerere University to work together in the WIMEA project amplifies the University’s Research Agenda that encourages multi-disciplinary research.

From Makerere, the project draws on expertise from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), the Meteorology Unit under the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the University Library.

Assoc. Prof. Nawangwe thanked UiB, DIT and University of Juba for collaborating on this project and NORAD for providing funds under its NORHED programme.

“We have enjoyed the support of the government of Norway since the 1950s and today, we are glad that they are still our partners through programmes like NORHED.”

He also lauded CoCIS for its active role in conducting research and Dr. Julianne Sansa-Otim the overall project coordinator for spearheading the initiative to begin implementing the WIMEA-ICT project.

The Principal-CoCIS, Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura noted that the project was one of the avenues through which the college is using its expertise to provide ICT solutions and innovations to propel development in Uganda and the region.

WIMEA-ICT project is a five year project funded by NORAD to a tune of about NOK Shs 18 million.

It aims at improving the timeliness and accuracy (of) as well as the access to weather information by the communities in the East African region through suitable ICTs for increased productivity (in the agricultural, energy, water resources and construction sectors) and safety (in the disaster management, fishing, health, mining, aviation and defense sectors).

The project has five components, which are – establishing operational Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models for the three countries; Creating reliable, accurate and well-formatted weather data repositories; Improving the density of the weather station network in the region; Improving the weather information dissemination system to present relevant and suitably packaged information to different stakeholders; as well as Research and teaching capacity building in the partnering higher education institutions in the three East African countries.

Makerere University’s Senior Legal Officer, Mr. Goddy Muhumuza shared advice on the contractual obligations accrued from the agreement between NORAD and grant recipients.

In her closing remarks Dr. Agnes Rwashana, the CoCIS deputy Principal thanked the participants for the deliberations that would make the project a success. She called for hard work and commitment from all the project partners.

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