Tomorrow.io is collaborating with the U.S. Department of State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to expand multi-hazard early warning systems across Africa and enable climate resilience and preparedness.
This initiative is part of President Joe Biden’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience, a USD 50 million investment to improve the development, delivery, and use of climate information in vulnerable developing countries.
The new initiative aims to enhance the capability of African countries to monitor, forecast and proactively adapt to the impact of day-to-day weather, in addition to extreme events, including rainfall, drought, and heat, particularly on a sub-seasonal timescale. Dubbed “PREPARE”, the new initiative will involve African national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) and regional institutions in strengthening the resilience of local communities.
“Our mission in Africa goes beyond mere weather forecasting,” said Rei Goffer, co-founder of Tomorrow.io. “It’s about creating a sustainable and resilient environment where communities can leverage weather intelligence to adapt and thrive despite the challenges posed by climate change.”
While speaking about the new development, Georgina Campbell Flatter, Executive Director at Tomorrow.io, said, “These collective efforts, spanning the next five years, are not just about managing disasters; they’re about empowering African countries to build a more climate-resilient future proactively.”
The initiative will leverage Tomorrow.io’s weather tech powered by data from its proprietary satellite constellation and NOAA’s efforts to improve data infrastructure in East and South Africa to facilitate a better understanding of historical weather patterns in areas where traditional observation data is sparse and enable equitable access to accurate and relevant weather intelligence in Africa, crucial for effective disaster preparedness and response.