WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP)
The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) since its inception in 2006 has been successfully strengthening capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries including least developed countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDSs) to deliver improved forecasts and warnings of severe weather to save lives and livelihoods, and protect property and infrastructure.
The project has proven to improve the lead-time and reliability for alerts and warnings about high-impact events such as heavy precipitation, strong winds and high waves. It has been strengthening engagement of NMHSs with users including media, disaster management and civil protection agencies and local communities for improved diaster risk reduction (DRR) and decision making process by users. The project is benefiting to various socio-economic sectors as well, including agriculture, fisheries, aviation, and marine transportation.
SWFDP is making contributions to the WMO Strategic Priorities for 2016-2019, especially in areas of DRR, GFCS (through climate change adaptation by building climate resilence) and Capacity Development. Through these contributions and owing to its potential operational support to Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) at regional and national levels, the SWFDP aims to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals) and the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030.
Countries participating in the project are able to benefit from advances in the science of weather forecasting, especially the dramatic development in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) including Ensemble Prediction Systems (EPS) which give guidance to weather forecasters in advance of potential hazardous weather conditions for issuance of alerts and warnings.
SWFDP uses a “Cascading Forecasting Process” (global to regional, to national).
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