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National Drought Mitigation Center

NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa

NASA, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA), the National Meteorological Agency (NMA) of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Meteorological Society (EtMS), and Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia organized a workshop August 11-12, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that brought together a variety of decision makers and/or their advisers, representing local, regional, and international organizations in the Great Horn of Africa.

Presentations from the workshop are below.

Day 1: Morning Sessions 1 & 2 : Welcome, Introductions, and Overview (Session Chair: Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse)

Local Hosts' Welcome
Mr. Workneh Degefu, Ethiopian Meteorological Society, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Fetene Teshome, Director General, National Meteorological Agency, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a Keynote Speech from Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Purpose of the Meeting and Introductions
Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, Project PI, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

An Overview of NASA Research Programs, Remote Sensing Application on Water Resources, and the Importance of Users Engagement
Dr. Shahid Habib, Chief, Office of Applied Sciences, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Introduction to the NASA-GHA project: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the GHA under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies
Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse

Participatory Research and the Role of Stakeholder Engagement in Applied Science
Dr. Shimelis Beyene, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Day 1: Afternoon Session 1

Existing Knowledge and Past Experiences (Session Chair: Dr. Shahid Habib)

Remote Sensing and Agro-Hydrolgic Modeling for Operational Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Applications in FEWS NET
(Audio Recording), Dr. Gabriel Senay, USGS, USA

RCMRD/NASA SERVIR: activities and experiences,
Dr. Tesfaye Korme, Director, Remote Sensing and GIS, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi, Kenya

The Current Methods and Techniques on Short-, Medium, and Long-Range Climate Prediction in Ethiopia,
Dr. Diriba Korecha, Director, Meteorological Forecast and Early Warning Directorate, National Meteorological Agency, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC): overview and vision,
Dr. Guleid Artan, Director, ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya

An overview of drought occurrence, impacts and strategies/polices in the Horn of Africa,
Mr. Abebe Tadege, Knowledge sharing officer at ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya

Day 1: Breakout Session (Session Chair: Dr. Shimelis Beyene)

Breakout sessions considered agricultural and water impacts, management, and data sharing.

Day 2 Morning Session 1:

Continuation of Existing Knowledge and Past Experiences While Looking Ahead at Research and Applications on Improved Climate Information (Session Chair: Dr. Gui Baigorria)

Impacts of climate change on desertification in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), Global Aid Against Poverty (GAAP)
Mr. Noor M. Abanoor, Nairobi, Kenya

The current challenges facing the South Sudan Meteorological Department
Mr. Mojwok Monde, Director, South Sudan Meteorological Department, Juba, South Sudan

Integrating modern and indigenous drought forecasting approaches:
Dr. Masinde Muthoni, Head of the Department of Information Technology, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Dr. Masinde Muthon, giving the above-noted presentation

Research and Applications on Improved Climate Information Presentations

Research Initiatives on Climate Change and Variability at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Andualem Shimelis, Director, Biometrics, GIS and Agrometeorology Research, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)

Building Resilience at community level: Framing Adaptation options in vulnerable ecosystems
Dr. Belay Simane, Assoc. Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Seasonal forecasts in Ethiopia and their application to hydropower and agricultural-economic modeling Dr. Paul Block, A/Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

IDE: Small scale irrigation experiences in Ethiopia
Kebede Ayele, Country Director, International Development Enterprises, Ethiopia

A brief summary of FAO Activities across the Sub regional Office for Eastern Africa
Fantahun Assefa, Field Programme Support and Monitoring Officer, FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE)

Day 2 Morning Session 2: Satellite Applications (Chair: Dr. Ben Zaitchik)

The use of satellite rainfall estimates for enhancing national climate services across Africa
Dr. Tufa Dinku, IRI/CU, USA

Monthly prediction of the vegetation condition: a case for Ethiopia
Dr. Getachew Berhan AAU, Ethiopia, and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, NDMC/UNL

Flood Prediction using remote sensing data
Shahid Habib/Fritz Policelli, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA

Opportunities and challenges for seasonal prediction in the GHA
Dr. Ben Zaitchik, John Hopkins University (JHU), USA

Evaluation of CHIRP/S Satellite rainfall estimate over Eastern Africa
Dr. Tufa Dinku, IRI/CU, USA

Day 2 Afternoon Sessions: The Way Forward and Next Steps (Session Chairs: Dr. Diriba Korecha and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse)

Towards a shock-proof food and energy system in Africa,
Dr. Menghestab Haile, Director, WFP Africa Office and Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Agricultural extension system of Ethiopia: A case of Amhara region - practice, challenges and ways forward,
Dr. Belay Demise, Economic affairs officer- Regional land expert, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Methods on seasonal crop yield forecasting,
Dr. Gui Baigorria, A/Professor, SNR/UNL, USA

New Frontiers in Seasonal Prediction in Africa,
Dr. Chris Funk, USGS/UCSB, USA

For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse,, 402-472-3383

For more information about the outreach materials related to this project, please contact Ms. Nicole Wall,, 402-472-6776.

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