Forecasting Heavy Rains and Landslides in Eastern Africa

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This lesson explains how MSG satellite imagery and derived products can be used as part of the forecast process so early advisories can be delivered.

Published: 30 September 2015

Good rainfall draws many people to settle across the eastern Africa highlands for farming and other businesses. However, factors such as steep terrain, logging, livestock grazing, agriculture, and construction, have increased erosion and contributed to less stable slopes.

These factors can lead to devastating landslides and mudslides, especially during episodes of very heavy rain.

Forecasting and monitoring heavy rainfall is challenging, especially in mountainous regions that have few surface observations. This makes satellite data critical for meteorologists and hydrologists forecasting for these areas.

This lesson provides background information and a case study on how to use MSG satellite imagery and derived products, numerical weather prediction output, climatology, and other data in the forecast process so early advisories can be delivered to government officials and the public.

The lesson is intended for weather forecasters, although hydrologists, other scientists, and students can also benefit from it.

Note: the lesson has been developed with funding from EUMETSAT for the ASMET project.

Category Language Difficulty Audio Duration Author
Atmosphere, Land English Basic No 60–85 min ASMET Team

Links

Module on MetEd website
ASMET website