El Nino Seminar: because every raindrop counts

Drought-prone South Africa is unlikely to get substantial rain in the months ahead, with local and international climate experts predicting one of the strongest El Niño weather events in more than half a century. On 19 November 2015, over 75 professionals from weather sensitive industries discussed in the Turbine Hall Johannesburg the expected weather situation for the months to come and possible solutions to help reducing impacts of El Nino.

Modern technology makes real-time monitoring and the prediction of rainfall as well as water availability easily accessible. During this seminar, the South African Weather Service and Dutch Company Hydrologic officially launched RainWatch a set of web-applications empowering weather sensitive industries to make WeatherSmart decisions because every raindrop counts.

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The presentations of this seminar are now available in pdf:

The importance of reliable weather information
Mr Nico Kroese – Unit Manager, Prediction Research, South African Weather Service

How to benefit from weather information when every raindrop counts
Ms Mmapula Kgari – General Manager Commercial, South African Weather Service
Ms Michelle Hartslief – Senior Manager Commercial, South African Weather Service

What does el Niño mean for South Africa this year: what to expect?
Mr Mnikeli Ndabambi – General Manager, South African Weather Service

Rain4Africa: the benefits of weather information for 125.000 South African farmers
Dr Jasper Rees – Group Executive of Research and Innovation Systems, Agricultural Research Council