1. Simon Mason, IRI Senior Research Scientist, presents "A National Framework for Climate Services: Some Considerations for South Africa"

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  3. In the R4 project, farmers use rain gauges to gather daily rainfall. This is a Google Earth animation showing farmers' actual rainfall measurements during the growing season of 2009 in Adi Ha, Ethiopia. The data collected from the rain gauges informs the development and use of index insurance products. Learn more at iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/financial-instruments/.

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  4. IRI's health and agricultural index groups are working with NASA's SERVIR program to provide it with user input for the potential design of a selected set of products, guidance for SERVIR Regional Hubs on product selection and design, and recommendations to the program overall on how to better work with communities of practice to guide the development of user-centered climate-related information products. IRI is also building capacity and raise awareness among users in target sites about climate information, uncertainty, and SERVIR by conducting several workshops in East Africa. In this presentation, we will summarize the progress we have made so far in formalizing a stakeholder engagement process for NASA's SERVIR program to use in the future.

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  5. The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents, "Evaluating, Improving and Promoting Effective Use of Satellite Rainfall Products." This seminar explores ways to evaluate, improve, promote and use satellite rainfall products.

    Tufa Dinku, research scientist at IRI, will discuss the various satellite rainfall products are used in different applications at IRI and many other places across the world. These products are particularly critical over parts of the world where rain gauge networks are very sparse or non-existent, and where available data are not accessible. The quality of the different satellite products varies from one product to another and from one climatic region to another. Rigorous validation is required in order to understand the performance of these products under different climate conditions. Efforts have been made at IRI to evaluate different satellite rainfall products, particularly over different parts of Africa. One finding from these evaluations has been that combining satellite rainfall products with rain gauge measurements would improve the satellite products significantly. Thus, we have been exploring different ways to combine satellite rainfall estimates with ground observations. On the other hand, we have also been making efforts to promote the use of satellites products and local observations for improving climate services in Africa. All these efforts have contributed to better understanding, improvement and better use of satellite products.

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