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   Sahel Conference 2007:
Improving Lives by Understanding Weather
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Conference Agenda and Presentations
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Monday 2 April 2007: Data and Infrastructure (at CILSS)

08:00 – 09:00  Workshop registration 
09:00 – 09:45 Opening of the Workshop and Ceremonies for the signing of Memoranda of Understanding
Dignitaries attending the opening:
Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Water Resources, Burkina Faso
United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
President, CILLS
Associate Director, NCAR
09:45 -10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:40  Overview of Conference Goals, Outcomes, and Philosophy
Rajul Pandya, Coordinator of the UCAR/Africa Program
10:40 – 11:15  Use of Radar to Detect Weather (PDF) (PowerPoint Show with animations)
Brant Foote and Roelof Bruintjes, NCAR
11:15 – 11:50 Meteorological Satellites: Current capabilities and future enhancements in Africa with specific focus on West Africa
11:50 – 12:30  Surface and other observations and integration of these observations with radar and satellite data
12:30 -14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45  Measurements of trace gases, aerosols and clouds (surface and airborne): Application to climate change, air pollution and rainfall enhancement studies
14:45 – 15:30  Numerical modeling: Use of global, meso-scale and micro-scale models for understanding and predicting weather    
15:30 – 16:00  Break
16:00 – 18:00  Hands-on Demonstration of Weather Radar (at Programme SAAGA)
  •  "Radar calibrations, essential components of maintenance, data processing and archiving."
    - Jon Lutz, NCAR
  • "TITAN/CIDD display systems of the current radars in Mali and Burkina Faso at the Programme SAAGA offices"
    - Sjaka Byala, Mali, Bayel Barnabe, Burkina Faso, Rita Roberts, NCAR
18:30  Reception (at CILLS)

Tuesday 3 April 2007: Applications, Displays, and Visualization (morning sessions at CILSS)

08:30 – 9:00 Toward the development of a precipitation network in West Africa
09:00 – 10:00 Use of radar and other tools for weather detection and forecasting
 Rita Roberts and Brant Foote, NCAR
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:50 – 11:20 Satellite data for African applications
Hendrik Cornelis Verschuur, EUMETSAT
11:20 – 11:50 Integrated Data Viewer The Integrated Data Viewer - IDV IDV: An Analysis and Visualization Tool An Analysis and Visualization Tool for Earth Science Data for Earth Science Data
Tom Yoksas, Unidata
11:50 – 12:20 Integration of surface and remote sensors (including satellite) for meteorological and other applications
Koffigan Attitso, EAMACs
12:20 – 12:30 Activities at ACMAD
Marianne Diop
12:30 – 14:00 Rainfall enhancement programs in West Africa
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Hands-on Workshops  (At Programme SAAGA)
“EUMETSAT capabilities"
- Hans Peter Roesli, EUMETSAT

Wednesday 4 April 2007: Applications, Training, and Education (morning sessions at CILSS)

08:30 – 09:00 Variability of Sahelian Rainfall and its Impact on Vegetation Dynamics
Stefanie Herrmann, NCAR
09:00 – 09:15 Programme Regional D’augmentation des Precipitations par Ensemencement des Nuages au Sahel - APENS
Dr Mathieu Badolo, AGRYHMET
09:15 – 09:40 Introduction to radar and satellite training modules
Radar training modules: basic interpretation, thunderstorm structure, and for detection and forecasting of thunderstorm initiation and aviation hazards
Rita Roberts, NCAR
09:40 – 10:00 EUMETSAT: Introduction to EUMETSAT training modules.
Hendrik Cornelis Verschuur, EUMETSAT
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:50 Introduction to ITC training opportunities
Tom Yoksas, Unidata
10:50 – 11:15 An Introduction to the COMET Program and MetEd Resources Program and MetEd Resources
Tom Yoksas, Unidata
11:15 – 11:30 Présentation d’un cas de nowcasting
Koné Diakaria, National Met Service, Cote d’Ivoire
11:30 – 12:30 General papers with specific focus on needs in Africa
12:30 – 1:00 Introduction to other training and visualization tools (VISITview/PAW)
Tom Yoksas, Unidata
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
(Afternoon at Programme SAAGA)
14:00 – 15:00 Hands on training session on the use of the high-resolution NWP predictions for different applications
Ben Lamptey, NCAR
15:00– 18:00 Hands-on workshops using radar and satellite training modules:
  • "Radar training modules including QPE, windshear, wind retrieval, clear air interpretation of winds, polarization, severe weather detection, aviation, short-term nowcasting"
    - Rita Roberts, NCAR
  • COMET Satellite Training Modules
    - Tom Yoksas, Unidata
  • EUMETSAT Training Modules
    - Hendrik Cornelis Verschuur
  • “Unidata capabilities”
    - Tom Yoksas, Unidata

Thursday 5 April 2007: Training and Outreach
(morning at CILSS)

09:00 -10:00 AMMA and Beyond: Potential collaborations with West African institutions, universities and scientists in the U.S. and the world and the WMO programs.
10:00 – 10:30 RAINFALL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS AND NEED FOR TRAINING
Roelof Bruintjes, NCAR
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Case Study using WRF: Numerical Modeling (PDF) (PowerPoint Show with animation)
Ben Lamptey, NCAR
11:30 – 11:45 Weather forecasting in West Africa using NWP models: State of the art needs and perspectives
Hama Hamidou, ASECNA, NIGER
11:45 – 12:30 Introduction to the GLOBE program
Ngosse Fall, GLOBE Coordinator for Senegal , Paul Kucera, NCAR
12:30 – 14:00  Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 GLOBE en Afrique
Ngosse Fall, GLOBE Coordinator for Senegal, Paul Kucera, NCAR
15:00– 18:00 Hands-on workshops using radar and satellite training modules (at Programme SAAGA):
  • "Radar training modules including QPE, windshear, wind retrieval, clear air interpretation of winds, polarization, severe weather detection, aviation, short-term nowcasting"
    - Rita Roberts, NCAR
  • COMET Satellite Training Modules
    - Tom Yoksas, Unidata
  • EUMETSAT Training Modules
    - Hendrik Cornelis Verschuur
  • “Unidata capabilities"
    - Tom Yoksas, Unidata

Friday 6 April 2007: Identification of Pilot Projects and Roundtable Discussions about Potential Funding

08:30 – 09:30 Summary of Issues and Action Items (Open Forum)
09:30 – 10:30 Working group meetings
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Working groups meetings
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Working group reports and summaries of potential pilot projects
16:00     Closing of the workshop


 
 
   
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