Pinkmatter Begins Distribution of Satellite Data from the SAWIDRA Project

Pinkmatter has distributed satellite data from the Satellite and Weather Information for Disaster Resilience in Africa (SAWIDRA) project from their FarEarth software to countries in Southern Africa, Kenya, Meteo France, the Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD) and the United States of America (USA) from the UKMET Met Office. In addition, Meteo France will distribute the data to Northern Africa, while the data is expected to reach Western African countries through Kenya.

The SAWIDRA project, enacted by the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and funded by the European Union through the African Development Bank (AfDB), aims to enhance weather forecast and product production capacity in Africa to provide input for risk reduction and discharge of early warnings. A vital step was establishing a network of ground stations in Niger, Kenya, Gabon and South Africa to attain direct broadcast of weather satellite data.

The ground stations provide hydro meteorologists with high-resolution satellite data readily assimilated into computer models to enable early warnings. In addition, Pinkmatter provided the FarEarth software to control demodulators and antennas and process, archive, distribute, and download the satellite data. 


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