Capacity Building

Since its inception in the 1970s, TAMSAT's primary aim has been to build capacity in Africa to utilise satellite data. In the past, we worked directly with NHMSs to develop and implement local version of TAMSAT. The picture below shows David Grimes leading a calibration workshop in Ethiopia.

These days, we produce the estimates in the UK and focus our efforts on working with NHMSs and other stakeholders to utilise our rainfall estimates and drought forecasts in their own activities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we shifted our capacity building initiatives online, via the new TAMSAT virtual academy. All TAMSAT virtual academy learning materials are freely available, and you are free to self register. 

We also run regular online and in person workshops and user forums (see below to find out when the next events are taking places), often in collaboration with regional meteorological services and the World Meteorological Organisation.

Currently, we have two courses available :

- TAMSAT satellite rainfall estimation and validation

- TAMSAT-ALERT training

During the course of 2021, we intend to add further courses.

 

 


Capacity Building events in 2021

We are delighted to announce that during 2021, we will be holding a series of virtual capacity building events following on from successful training events in 2020. These events are free to attend and are aimed at students and professional meteorologists from across Africa, although those from other sectors are welcome to attend.

The overall aim of these events is to improve capacity in Africa to use satellite-derived data for climate services. Key to our central aim is the development of a community of practitioners, who are confident in the robust application of such data. As well as focusing on technical skills and knowledge, our training events therefore aim to foster a growing community of meteorologists in Africa, enthusiastic about developing new technological solutions for climate services.  

These events are supported by funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) programme.

The events planned are as follows:

 
12th-28th April 2021
Event Registration

Drought Forecasting (TAMSAT-ALERT) Training Workshop

This 3-week event, split over 6 plenary sessions, will guide participants through the theory and application of the TAMSAT-ALERT system for drought prediction. Further details are available on the event flyer.

 

 
16th June 2021
Event Registration

TAMSAT User Forum

This half-day event will provide a opportunity for participants to share their experiences of using satellite-based datasets (e.g. satellite rainfall estimates, NDVI etc) related to meteorological and agricultural-based applications (operational and research) across Africa. Further details are available on the event flyer.

 

 
13th-29th September 2021
Event Registration

Satellite Rainfall Estimation and Validation Training Workshop

This 3-week event, split over 6 plenary sessions, will guide participants through the theory of satellite rainfall estimation and validation with a focus on the TAMSAT rainfall product, including the new TAMSAT-gauge merged product currently in development. Further details are available on the event flyer.

 

 
13th October 2021
Event Registration

TAMSAT User Forum

In this second user forum of 2021, this half-day event will provide another opportunity for participants to share their experiences of using satellite-based datasets related to meteorological and agricultural-based applications (operational and research) across Africa. Further details are available on the event flyer.