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  • Participatory Workshop held for new Namibia Flood and Drought Monitoring and Early Warning System

    Namibia Flood and Drought Monitor
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    A participatory workshop was held on 13 July 2021 to introduce and discuss the new Namibia flood and drought monitoring and early warning system. There were about 60 participants. The virtual event was hosted by the UNESCO Windhoek (Namibia) Office, and Mr. Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum, Head of Office, opened the meeting. Ms. Maria Amakali, Acting Deputy Executive Director for the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, and Mr. Simon Dirkse, on behalf of Mr. Franz Uirab, also provided opening remarks. Ms. Pauline Mufeti, Deputy Director of Namibia Hydrological S... Read More
  • UNESCO and CAZALAC hold Course on Characterization, Monitoring and Nature of Droughts

    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    In recent decades, the effects and intensity of droughts appear to have increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, with multiple social, economic and environmental impacts. The problems imposed by droughts are the subject of urgent palliative actions by the respective governments. These actions, however, may be unsuccessful if management is not accompanied or programmed by relevant information regarding drought processes. Thus, it is important that both water professionals and decision-makers in the countries of the region have a detailed knowledge of these phenomena, so that they can make... Read More
  • English Version of Midsummer Drought Atlas for Central America and the Caribbean Released

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021
    The Midsummer Drought (“La Canícula”) is a recurring event that affects Central America and parts of the Caribbean, reducing rainfall in the middle of the rainy season and threatening vulnerable local communities. Climate change is projected to further intensify the damaging impacts of drought in the region, affecting the availability of water needed for irrigation, human consumption and ecosystems. Published in Spanish in 2018, UNESCO and its member states in the region developed a midsummer drought atlas for Central America and the Caribbean by integrating several regional methodologies into... Read More
  • Sixth CRIDA Seminar Highlights Enhancing Urban Water Resilience in Case Studies from South America

    Monday, May 10, 2021
    The sixth UNESCO (G-WADI)-AGWA-ICIWaRM webinar in a series on Adaptation in an age of uncertainty: tools for climate-resilient water management approaches took place on 27 April 2021. It focused on urban water resilience cases from South America, specifically concerning the coastal delta city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Guadalquivir and Azero basins of Bolivia. Both addressed the impacts of climate change and hydrological extremes and their consequences to urban water management. Hydro-climatic extremes such as heavy rainfall and floods are responsible for catastrophic impacts worldwide. De... Read More
  • Real-Time PERSIANN Rainfall Dataset Updated with Improved Accuracy

    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    The near-real-time precipitation dataset developed by the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) of the University of California, Irvine, has been updated and improved, as documented in a recent article in the Journal of Meteorology. Developed and maintained with support from UNESCO G-WADI and others, the original Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information Using Artificial Neural Networks– Cloud Classification System (PERSIANN-CCS) dataset provides hourly, quasi-global, infrared-based precipitation estimates at 0.04° × 0.04° spatial resolution with a short latency... Read More

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