The Statistics in Applied Climatology (SIAC) course is aimed at helping individual participants and countries from throughout Africa make better use of climatological data. The course is useful for those working in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and in other organizations/institutions dealing with socio-economic sectors such as water resources management, agriculture, health, food security, road and building construction and renewable energy.
General objectives of SIAC Programmes
a) To improve the statistical capabilities and computer skills of participants, enabling them to produce basic and appropriate analyses of climatic data;
(b) To upgrade the quality of processing of data from national climatic databases by training participants in the use of an analytical tools such as Instat, Genstat;
(c) To extend the range of products derived from climatic data, which are tailored to the needs of users in agriculture, food security, water resources, health, construction and other socio-economic sectors;
(d) To enable the decentralization of some activities in Meteorological services, such as computerization of data entry and production of climate products and advisory reports;
(e) To enhance the role of the National Meteorological Services and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in socio-economic and environmental development activities by building capacity to respond better to the needs of end-users of climatic information.
Participants to the
will be required to have followed the e-learning SIAC (e-SIAC) modules as a
prerequisite. E-SIAC is offered by the Reading University Statistical Services
Centre (SSC). The modules take approximately eight
Further topics will be covered during the face-to-face SIAC (f-SIAC) workshop scheduled to take place from 18 August to 12 September 2008, at the IMTR, Nairobi, which is a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Training Centre.
Participants will be required to bring their own data for project work and also an outline of the project proposal developed during the e-siac.
All participants must have some experience in handling data. At the application stage, candidates are encouraged to indicate any areas of special interest which they wish to have included in the course curriculum. Participants should have had some training in basic statistics and computing. The course is conducted in English and participants must be able to write and speak the language fluently.
Adding to skills
Review of the
key concepts from e-SIAC including the
application of descriptive statistical methods
of other climatic elements and
the processing of (daily) rainfall data.
More tools, more skills
Further methods of using existing software and new software for complex applications will be introduced. Further methods of analysis will also be introduced, including methods for handling extremes.
A range of examples on the use of climate information in certain areas will be outlined.
These will include agriculture, food security, health, renewable energy and the construction industry.
Further areas to be included will be those brought by the participants.
Special problems in particular applications will be considered.
Building a portfolio
Participants will undertake project work throughout the workshop that will be completed in the final week. The project work will help participants to consolidate skills acquired in the course and transform basic meteorological and given socio-economic data into practical, useful information. It is expected that participants will continue with project work on their return home.
IMTR is situated within the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) in Nairobi. It has one of the best meteorological libraries in Africa. Participants will be able to use the library facilities for referencing and general reading. The lecture rooms and computer laboratories are conveniently located just within few metres from the IMTR hostel, where participants will be accommodated in individual study-bedrooms.
Meals will be available from the IMTR, and there is a modern shopping centre nearby where participants can eat if they wish. Good public transport is available to and from Nairobi City.
Workshop sponsors / organizers
The Workshop is organised by the IMTR, Nairobi, in collaboration with the Statistical Services Centre (SSC) of The University of Reading, with the assistance of WMO and the UK Met Office.
The cost of fSIAC courses is US $3,000. This covers tuition, course materials, full board accommodation, stipend, and facilitation. Participants may arrange for their own oversea travel insurance. Medical insurance can be arranged on payment of additional US $ 200. Airfare is not included.
Applicants are advised to request funding from appropriate sources, such as their employers, government, project sponsors, United Nations (UN) agencies, International development agencies, embassies etc.
The UK Met
Office has agreed to support a limited number of participants
IMTR / Regional Training Centre,
P.O. Box 30259 - 00100 GPO
Tel: +254 20 3873137/3867880-5/3874214
Fax: + 254 20 3876955/3877373
Web site: www.meteo.go.ke/imtr
FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon
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Tel: +44 (0)1392 886807
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