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COP27: Forecasting overhaul may reduce extreme weather hazards

A UN program to revamp weather forecasting in lower-income countries could improve global climate models and help people prepare for extreme weather events

Environment 18 November 2022

A researcher stands an area of bushes and tall dry grass in the Kalahari region of southern Africa, looking up at a wooden pole roughly 3 to 4 meters tall. The pole is equipped with multiple sensors for measuring weather conditions.

Additional weather stations, like this one in southern Africa’s Kalahari region, could fill major gaps in global meteorological data

Kristin Palitza/dpa/Alamy Live News

The US, Spain and Norway pledged more than $20 million for a program aiming to improve weather forecasting in a hundred lower-income countries and small island states.

Weather forecasting depends on reliable meteorological data. But many lower-income countries lack the infrastructure needed to measure and predict the weather. “There are huge data gaps,” says Markus Repnik at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). He says many lower-income countries and small island states …