Meteorological data and forecasting resources on the internet

Meteorological data and forecasting resources on the internet, v3

 

This helpful list has been assembled by Paul Wagstaff of Self Help Africa

 

Forecasting

Africa Drought and Flood Monitor:

http://stream.princeton.edu/AWCM/WEBPAGE/interface.php?locale=en

 

EU COPERNICUS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICE, Global Flood Awareness System

http://globalfloods.jrc.ec.europa.eu/user-information/forecast-viewer-info/

 

Rainwatch

http://cimms.ou.edu/index.php/research/rainwatch/

 

Norway

 www.yr.no/place/Ireland/Leinster/Greystones/

 

IGAD

www.icpac.net/

 

NOAA

NOAA/ National Weather Service, NOAA Centre for Weather and Climate Prediction, Climate Prediction Centre.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/NMME/

www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/international/africa/africa.shtml

 

IFRC

The IFRC Seasonal Forecast Email Notification

http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/maproom/IFRC/FIC/

https://ifrc-notify.iri.columbia.edu/

IFRC helpdesk

 

UC Santa Barbara Climate Hazards Group

http://chg.geog.ucsb.edu/forecasts/

 

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Producing Centres for Long-Range Forecasts

http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/wcp/wcasp/gpc/gpc.php

 

El Niño / ENSO

World Meteorological Organisation https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/el-ni%C3%B1ola-ni%C3%B1a-update 

Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society https://iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/climate/forecasts/enso/current/?enso_tab=enso-cpc_update

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/el-nino-outlook-september-2018

http://fews.net/

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml

https://www.sadc.int/themes/meteorology-climate/

 

 

Historical Meteorological Data

Meteorological stations

FAO: New_LocClim estimator download: http://www.fao.org/nr/climpag/pub/en3_051002_en.asp

Web version: http://www.fao.org/nr/climpag/locclim/locclim_en.asp

 

Remote sensing

TAMSAT: https://www.tamsat.org.uk/

TRMM: http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/data_dir/data.html

GPM: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GPM/main/index.html

For the Sahel TRMM has the most accurate data as compared to rainfall gauges, unfortunately the TRMM officially came to an end in April this year (the satellite fell).  A new and even better satellite (Global Precipitation Measurement: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GPM/main/index.html) has gone up in its place (run by NASA and JAXA). 

 

CHIRPS: http://chg.geog.ucsb.edu/data/chirps/

Climate Hazards Group (UC Santa Barbara) InfraRed Precipitation with Station data (CHIRPS) is a 30+ year quasi-global rainfall dataset. Spanning 50°S-50°N (and all longitudes), starting in 1981 to near-present, CHIRPS incorporates 0.05° resolution satellite imagery with in-situ station data to create gridded rainfall time series for trend analysis and seasonal drought monitoring. As of February 12th, 2015, version 2.0 of CHIRPS is complete and available to the public.

 

GIEWS Earth Observation

http://www.fao.org/giews/earthobservation/country/index.jsp?lang=en&code=MWI#

The country level maps and graphs depict the latest 36-month period of the seasonal, vegetation and precipitation indicators. The data is presented by dekad and month. All three vegetation indicators are based on 10-day (dekadal) vegetation data from the METOP-AVHRR sensor at 1 km resolution (2007 and after). Data at 1 km resolution for the period 1984-2006 was derived from the NOAA-AVHRR dataset at 16 km resolution. Precipitation estimates for all African countries (except Cabo Verde and Mauritius) are taken from NOAA/FEWSNet, while for the remaining countries data is obtained from ECMWF.

 

CRU TS3.21: Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Time-Series (TS) Version 3.21 of High Resolution Gridded Data of Month-by-month Variation in Climate (Jan. 1901- Dec. 2012)

http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/ac4ecbd554d0dd52a9b575d9666dc42d

 

Climate diaries

http://www.conservation.org/global/ci_south_africa/skeppies/Pages/climate-diaries.aspx

http://www.agrometeorology.org/topics/accounts-of-operational-agrometeorology/rainfall-measurements-by-farmers-in-their-fields

 

 

Crop Production, Irrigation and Food security

http://ssa.foodsecurityportal.org/regional-sub-portal/sub-saharan-africa

 

FEWsNet

http://www.fews.net

 

Crops

http://www.fao.org/agriculture/seed/cropcalendar/welcome.do

http://cropmonitor.org/pages/currentreport.php

 

Crop monitoring

http://cropmonitor.org/pages/currentreport.php

 

Harvest Choice Mappr

Showcases over 300 layers of spatially-explicit, agricultural-related data for sub-Saharan Africa. Includes rainfall and temperature data as well as AEZs, Farming Systems, areas under cultivation.

http://apps.harvestchoice.org/mappr/

https://harvestchoice.org/products/data

 

Crop suitability

http://gaez.fao.org/Main.html#

 

 

Irrigation

FAO Cropwat:  http://www.fao.org/nr/water/infores_databases_cropwat.html

 

Groundwater Atlas for Africa

British Geological Survey. Contains links to met data.

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/

 

Climate Change predictions

http://www.climatewizard.org/

 

http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal/index.cfm?page=country_historical_climate&ThisRegion=Africa&ThisCCode=LBR

 

Conservation International Resilience Atlas

Integrates 60 of the best available datasets related to resilience into custom maps. Includes layers for climate trends and predictions.

https://www.resilienceatlas.org/

https://www.resilienceatlas.org/map?layers=%5B%5D

 

UK Met Office

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide

 

FEWsNet

https://www.fews.net/archive?f[0]=field_report_type%3A249

 

UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/research/climate/projects/undp-cp/

 

Climate Analogues

http://www.ccafs-analogues.org/tool/

 

KITE Resources

www.york.ac.uk/environment/research/kite/resources/#tab-5

 

AfriClim: https://www.york.ac.uk/environment/research/kite/resources/

AFRICLIM provides high-resolution ensemble climate projections for Africa. The spatial database includes monthly grids of temperature and rainfall, and derived bioclimatic summary variables such as moisture indices and dry season length.

Version 3.0 of the database spans ten general circulation models (GCMs), downscaled using five regional climate models (RCMs) and four contemporary baselines, under two representative concentration pathways of the IPCC-AR5 (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5).

MIT

http://globalchange.mit.edu/, http://globalchange.mit.edu/research/IGSM

 

GIS resources

http://www.worldclim.org/

WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer. The data can be used for mapping and spatial modeling in a GIS or with other computer programs.