CCCA initiative

The Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation  is a broad coalition of Dutch knowledge centres, dedicated to providing multisectoral, integrated, practical knowledge and expertise on climate change adaptation. Take a look at the website of this initiative, or read the article in Volkskrant (Dutch). Weather Impact is associated partner in the CCCA initiative.

 

Vacancies for internships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Impact has currently three vacancies open for internships. We are looking for enthusiastic students from different disciplines to expand our team.

Statistical forecasting of convective weather patterns

Develop a statistical method to predict convective weather patterns from output of numerical weather prediction models.

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Developing a marketing approach for weather products in Africa

Scan the African market and work out which weather-information-products have the best market opportunities for Weather Impact.

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(NL) Marktverkenning toegepaste weerinformatie voor Agrifood Business

Creeër inzicht in de problemen en uitdagingen van de klanten van Weather Impact op het snijvlak van voedsel, landbouw en weer.

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Honorable Mention Winner World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge

The World Bank launched a global call to find big data solutions that addressed issues in the critical challenge of Food security and nutrition. The goal was to help better understand the impacts of climate change and positively influences decisions by using big data effectively. Weather Impact has taken up this challenge and created the innovate Banana Network. With our application we are recognized as Honorable Mention Winner by the World Bank.

Banana production is highly sensitive to the impact of global warming. The Banana Network is an artificial neural network trained by big data on global weather and banana production. It provides local producers reliable information on their estimated yields and can be used to assess productivity in a warming climate. The model uses open source big data, is scalable and has unlimited training capacity. Knowledge from the Banana Network will help farmers and producers to (1) plan investments more effectively, (2) receive a fair price for their crops, and (3) take early action in the event of a potential disaster.

CropMon video pitch

Watch here our new video-pitch about CropMon. The CropMon service in Kenya provides local information on weather forecasts, current crop growth and farm management practices. Weather Impact delivers tailored weather forecasts and monitors current weather conditions. Farmers receive text messages with weather forecasts and farming advice on a regular basis. In addition, innovative smartphone- and web applications are developed for farmer organisations and other stakeholders.

Improved food production with Dutch technology

Weather Impact is involved in several projects in Africa as a provider of information on daily weather and climate risks. These projects are part of the G4AW, a programme that improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. This video published by NOS includes an interview with a Ugandese farmer how the technology that is developed in a G4AW project helps him to improve his agribusiness. On our projects page you can find more information about our activities in Africa.

Climate Services in 2017

Weather Impact wishes you a climate-smart 2017!
We are glad to announce that we have expanded our climate services with a monthly Climate Bulletin. The bulletin gives a global and regional overview of last months’ climate. Temperature and precipitation hot spots are discussed and interesting weather events are highlighted. See here the example bulletin of November 2016. If you are interested in the current Climate Bulletin for your local area, please email us at info@weatherimpact.com.

Climate Bulletin November 2016

Temperature data: GHCN CAMS from NOAA/ESRL/PSD

The Neural Banana Forecast

Weather Impact submitted an innovative idea to the World Banks’ big data innovation challenge (link to: https://bigdatainnovationchallenge.org/) for food security.

As banana production is highly sensitive to temperature and rainfall fluctuations, it will be affected by rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. We have therefore developed the Banana Network. This innovative model is based on an artificial neural network and trained using big data on global weather and banana production. It provides local producers with reliable information on their estimated yields and can be used to assess banana productivity in a warming climate. The model uses open source big data and is scalable to local levels. Are you interested to know more about our activities using big data and artificial intelligence to determine climate risks for food security? Please contact us.

 

 

2 new employees in our team

Weather Impact welcomes two new employees in the team; Jurgen Welleweerd and Sebastian Scher. Jurgen will work as a backend and application developer, in close collaboration with the developers of HydroNET. Sebastian will work as an expert extreme weather and climate change. He holds a Master degree in Climate Physics from Utrecht University. Sebastian and Jurgen will work on our African projects where they will sustain a reliable delivery of weather information. Sebastian and Jurgen can be contacted at sebastian.scher@weatherimpact.com and jurgen.welleweerd@weatherimpact.com.