WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP)
The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) is successfully strengthening capacity in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing and least developed countries including Small Island Developoing States (SIDSs) to deliver improved forecasts and warnings of severe weather to save lives, livelihoods and property.
The project has improved the lead-time and reliability for alerts about high-impact events such as heavy precipitation, severe winds and high waves. It has strengthened interaction with disaster management and civil protection agencies, local communities and media. SWFDP is making a major contribution to disaster risk reduction and is supporting the Millennium Development Goals on sustainable development, as well as climate change adaptation. It is benefiting socio-economic sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, aviation, and marine transportation.
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) systems, including ensemble prediction systems (EPS) which give guidance to weather forecasters in advance of potential hazardous weather conditions.
The SWFDP uses a “Cascading Forecasting Process” (global to regional, to national).
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