A Mechanism for improved coordination on data, methods, tools, products and services for Africa
The African Centre for Meteorological Applications and Development (ACMAD) as a WMO Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for Africa is organizing as part of its RCCs coordination function the second Africa Continental Climate Outlook Forum (ACCOF-02). This action is to ensure that there is improved capacity amongst established and upcoming RCCs to regionalize products from WMO designated Global Producing Centres (GPCs) and also provide a platform for technical discussions on drivers of our continental climate, interregional interactions, review the ONDJ 2021/22 seasonal climate across the continent and ultimately produce a continental consensus climate outlook for the March to June (MAMJ) 2022 period.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CCOF-02 MEETING
The ACCOF-02 aims at improving the contribution of RCCs to early warning and disaster preparedness, taking into account information on global climate drivers such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), South West Indian Ocean Dipole (SIOD), North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) amongst others.
The specific objectives of the meeting are to:
- Review and verify forecasts of the ONDJ 2021/22 climate season
- Develop continental consensus climate forecast for the MAMJ 2022 season;
- Discuss drivers of MAMJ 2022 climate across the continent
- Hold a continental Climate Outlook briefing
PARTICIPANTS FOR THE CCOF-02
Participants for the ACCOF-02 will include climate experts and scientists from the designated and developing Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) and RCC-Networks within the African Continent.
- Meteo France La Reunion (SWIO-RCC NETWORK)
- Meteo Maroc (Lead RCC-NETWORK for North Africa)
EXPECTED KEY RESULTS
- Continental and Regional ONDJ 2021/22 seasonal forecasts reviewed and verified
- MAMJ 2022 climate drivers across the continent discussed
- Continental Consensus Climate Outlook for MAMJ 2022 produced
The ACCOF-02 is a collaborative effort between ACMAD, AUC, UNECA, WMO and International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) such as the European Union, and other partners.
The meeting will be conducted VIRTUALLY as follows: Africa Continental Climate Outlook Forum: 07 – 11 March 2022
To provide for different time zones in the Continent, the meeting will run for an estimated time of 2 hours from 9:00 hours West Africa Time (8AM GMT).