Sunday, April 22, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center

NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa 2nd Workshop


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), organized a workshop on July 28-29, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop brought nearly 80 participants together from a variety of agencies and institutions in the Great Horn of Africa. The various type of agencies included: Meteorological Agencies, Agricultural Research Stations, Universities, United Nations Organizations, NGOs focused on Food Security and Poverty, Embassies, Land and Water Management Center, River Basin Authorities, and Energy. A total of 7 countries were represented.

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; Dr.Girma Amente, President, Haramaya University: and a Keynote Speech from Fetene Teshome, Director General, National Meteorological Agency, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Purpose of the Meeting & General Progress Report on NASA GHA Project

Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, Project Lead, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Models and Farmers: Making Scientific Research Relevant to End Users

Dr. Shimelis Beyene, AAU & DB-PHC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Participatory Research Group Discussion: Creating Groups, Parallel Group Discussion, and Pre-participation survey

Tonya Haigh and Nicole Wall, National Drought Mitigation Center


Day 1: Afternoon Sessions

Existing Regional & Country Knowledge and Past Experiences (Session Chairs: Dr. Tufa Dinku & Dr. Paul Block)

Role of regional centers for climate information and users’ needs: RCMRD/NASA SERVIR experience, Mr. Degelo Sendabo, Remote Sensing Officer, Remote Sensing and GIS, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi, Kenya

An overview of  implications of climate change to drought in the Horn of Africa, Mr. Abebe Tadege, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist at ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya

Mainstreaming Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) into National Policies and Programs, Dr. Fantahun Assefa, Field Program Support and Monitoring Officer, FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE)

Enhancing National Climate Services for Development in Africa, Dr. Tufa Dinku et al., International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia University (CU), USA

Current methods and products of seasonal prediction in Kenya, Peter Ambenje, Deputy Director at Kenya Meteorological Department, Nairobi, Kenya, Khartoum, Sudan

Extreme Hydro-Climatic Events Assessment and Monitoring in Sudan, Amel Mohamed Abdalla, Head Agromet Unit, Sudan Meteorological Authority

The needs and challenges of climate information in Rwanda, Mr. Kwitonda Philippe, Kigali, Rwanda

Tanzania experience on the use of Climate information/ seasonal prediction, Dr. Sarah Osima, Head of Environment Section, Tanzania Meteorological Agency


Day 2 Morning Session:Research and Applications on Seasonal Forecasting Methods: Progress Report (Session Chair: Dr. Ben Zaitchik)

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

Regionalization and Prediction of Seasonal Precipitation in Ethiopia, Dr. Paul Block and Ying Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Experimental Vegetation Outlook model for GHA, Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, NDMC/UNL, USA

Drought monitoring and impact assessment using satellite-derived evapotranspiration datasets, Dr. Gabriel Senay, U.S. Geological Survey, USA

Preliminary analysis on modeling current corn yields in Ethiopia, Dr. Gui Baigorria, A/Professor, SNR/UNL, USA

Evaluation of CHIRPS, Dr. Tufa Dinku, IRI/CU, USA

LIS-HyMAP coupled Flood Modeling and Mapping in the Greater Horn of Africa, Dr. Hahn C. Jung, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA (recorded presentation)


Day 2 Afternoon Session:Climate Information for Agriculture and Food Security (Chairperson: Dr. Gabriel Senay)

Forecasting seasonal agricultural droughts in East Africa, Dr. Shraddhanand Shukla, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (recorded presentation)

Agricultural research and the use of seasonal climate information in Ethiopia, Jemal Seid, Director, Biometrics, GIS and Agrometeorology Research, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Integrated Agricultural Production and Food Security Forecasting System for East Africa, Dr. Kindie Tesfaye, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Climate Change Adaptation, Plans, & Activities in Somalia, Mr. Noor M. Abanoor, Mogadishu, Somalia

Agro-weather tools for climate smart agriculture: EIAR-World Bank Pilot Experience in Ethiopia, Dr. Girma Mamo, Climate and Geo-spatial Research Directorate, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.

The National Drought Mitigation Center | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
3310 Holdrege Street | P.O. Box 830988 | Lincoln, NE 68583–0988
phone: (402) 472–6707 | fax: (402) 472–2946 | Contact Us | Web Policy

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Copyright 2018 National Drought Mitigation Center