Interactive Weather Data Platform for Sustainable Development
Farming communities in Africa and South Asia are becoming increasingly vulnerable to shock as the effects of climate change become a reality. This increased vulnerability, however, comes at a time when improved technology makes critical information more accessible than ever before.
The aWhere Platform offers free, interactive access to localized weather data for locations in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia . These data are instrumental for improved decision making and providing greater context in shaping policies relating to agricultural development, climate change and global health. Weather Data in 9km Grid Cells: Weather forecasting is in high demand from small-holder farmers.
This demand is often unmet in regions where there is a lack of meteorological stations- if weather information is available it’s likely from a station that’s far away, rendering the data useless for local decision making. aWhere collects weather data from meteorological stations around the world and interpolates it into 9km grid cells- it’s like having a complete meteorological station every 9km! Within each grid cell, aWhere provides 3-5 years of historical, daily-observed and forecasted weather data for the following variables: • Precipitation • Minimum and Maximum Temperature • Minimum and Maximum Relative Humidity • Solar Radiation • Maximum and Morning Wind Speed • Accumulative Growing Degree Days (calculated with user input).
In addition to viewing data online, users can sign up for daily or weekly emailed weather reports or weather alerts (sent when a user selected threshold is met) for their locations of interest. Access to aWhere Weather is free and easy! Register at http://www.awhere.com/en-us/weather-p. Then, you can log back in anytime at me.awhere.com. For questions, contact Lizzy Leighty at firstname.lastname@example.org