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Building Missing Weather Data

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Rwanda is a country that is missing weather data for a period of about 15 years. The country once had a record of its weather that was gathered by locals in various parts of the country, but many of these volunteers were killed during the Rwandan genocide and the scientific measuring stations destroyed.

Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills, and weather can be very different depending on location. These weather reports can help farmers know what kinds of plants to grow and where they would be most fertile. For a country still recovering from a devastating civil war and genocide, something as simple as tracking weather patterns can fall by the wayside.

The country is attempting to restart its weather tracking stations by rebuilding them in the locations where they once were and recruiting more volunteers to collect the data.  The Rwandan government has only recently begun to fund weather tracking operations, and as of 2010 more attention has been paid to gathering this data.

Scientists from Colombia University and other institutes around the world are pooling their knowledge and resources to put the pieces back together in Rwanda’s missing weather data set. Called the ENACTS (Enhancing National Climate Services) initiative, scientists are using satellite data in order to estimate rainfall, temperature, and other information about the 15 year gap.

The missing data set is slowing being put back together. Researchers hope that the missing information could help farmers and others in Rwanda be able to better predict what the next year’s weather will bring using historical data. Right now the country, like other parts of the world, is being impacted by an abnormal El Nino season, which affects agricultural practices. Getting Rwanda’s weather gathering stations back up and running could help continue moving the country forward.

http://www.worldpolicy.org/sites/default/files/policy_papers/The%20ENACTS%20Approach-Transforming%20Climate%20Services%20in%20Africa%20One%20Country%20at%20a%20Time.pdf

this program really caught my eyes, we have similar problem in here, hole/gap on rain data, 

 

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Thks Lurker for that paper, is very interesting the climate data recollection in our region sometime is almost impossible to get that kind of information, worst when the local authorities are the stake holder that should to share and make public that information... but with satellite information is possible to solve sometime the needed of climate information, regards 

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