The first users FANFAR workshop took place in Niamey, Niger on 17-20 September 2018.
SMHI and the AGRHYMET Regional Center have been working together since 2012 in several projects. They developed a hydrological calculation model for the Niger River. With FANFAR the model will be extended to the West African region from Cape Verde to Chad. An important part of the project is to clarify user requirements, as well as to expand, supplement and improve the HYPE calculation model with hydrological measurements and satellite information for the entire area. It is therefore important to learn from the expert hydrologists in the region so that the technology can be adapted and developped to the regional conditions.
Furthermore, the operational forecast and alert service for floods in West Africa will be run at the regional centre AGRHYMET, which will serve national hydrological agencies in 17 West African countries (e.g. the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency) with forecasts of high flows and floods. The national agencies will then evaluate and refine the forecasts, and distribute alerts to key stakeholders on national, regional and local levels.
To accomplish all this, the project FANFAR will run four workshops with participants from West African countries. The first workshop took place in Niamey, Niger on 17-20 September 2018. See the flyer below.
Read a brief report of the workshop,