IDEMS has always placed importance on climate as an area of contribution. The urgency of the climate emergency has drawn attention to the importance of work in this area. Our background has come from the analysis of historical climate data, an area of significant importance in it’s own right. However, our systems approach has naturally drawn us into data management and quality assurance processes pertaining to the data as well as working with satellite estimates and reanalysis products which complement and extend the data.

WMO climate

Given the urgency of the climate emergency there is an expectation that existing data has already been analysed and conclusions drawn. In many countries, particularly across Africa this is not the case and with WMO support IDEMS offers training and support to build local expertise to take on this task.  

EUMETSAT training

With data now spanning back over 30 years satellite estimates are increasingly being used as a proxy for historical data. This has the potential to be a great equaliser. IDEMS works closely with EUMETSAT to develop and deliver trainings that support both the validation and use of these products.

R-Instat for historical climatic data

Analysing historical climatic data is hard at the best of times and given the current climate emergency the stakes could not be higher. R-Instat is filling an important gap between black box analytic tools and scripts. For historical climatic record holders looking to analyse the data themselves, including some Meteorological Services, R-Instat has proved to be invaluable supporting them to quality control, clean and reorganise their data as well as producing both standard and tailored products.

OpenCDMS and Climsoft

African Metrological (Met) services are custodians of a substantial legacy of historical climatic records. This has often been neglected  compared to the more pressing forecasting needs facing the Met service. IDEMS supports the development of both tools and staff in the management of this invaluable resource.