Ethiopia Workshop 2015

July 28 to July 29, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.

Contact Information

For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, ttadesse2@unl.edu, 402-472-3383

For more information about the outreach materials related to this project, please contact Ms. Nicole Wall, nwall2@unl.edu, 402-472-6776.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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


  • Climate Change Impact on Growing Seasons in the Ethiopian Highlands and the Surrounding Lowlands
  • Climate Change Impact on Variability of Rainfall Intensity in Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia
  • Dynamical Downscaling of Climate Change Projections Over Ethiopia Using RegCM4
  • Dynamical Downscaling of GCM out puts to Determine Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on the Hydrologic Sensitivity of Blue Nile Basin Surface Water Resource Potential
  • Error Analysis of Global Satellite Precipitation Products Using Daily Gauged Observations over the Upper Central Blue Nile Basin: preliminary results
  • Evaluation of NCEP CFSV2 Forecast over the Greater Horn of Africa
  • Hydrological Evaluation of Satellite Precipitation Products on Upper Blue Nile Basin: A Case study of Gilgel Abbay
  • Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Agricultural Systems in Adama District, Ethiopia
  • Improving Temporal Resolutions of Drought Predictions Using Knowledge Discovery from Database Approach
  • Monthly Probabilistic Forecast in Ethiopia usingGLOBO
  • Verification and Validation of Multi Modal Ensembles (MMEs) Forecast System during JJAS (Kiremt) season over Ethiopia