Meteorologists and climate experts from the SADC region are gathered in Harare to study sea surface temperatures and other data used for prediction of rainfall patterns between October 2010 and March 2011 rainfall season for the region.The climate experts and weather scientists, who are participating in the 14th edition of the Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) will during their meeting look at various signals being sent from the oceans before developing a consensus climate outlook for the October 2010 and March 2011 rainfall season.
Southern Africa Development Community Drought Monitoring Center Coordinator, Mr Brad Garanâ€™anga said the meeting is going to begin with a capacity building workshop which he said will provide mutually beneficial interface between the climate information and prediction services practitioners and those that need to apply the products across a wide spectrum.
â€œWe are going to be gathering information for the next 7 days and we are hoping that by the end of the forum we will be able to produce results.
â€œThe climate practitioners are going to go through an intensive process where they will analyse before producing the results,â€ said Mr Garanâ€™anga.
The forum which will run under the theme â€˜Seasonal Climate Prediction, a strategic planning tool in sustainable socio-economic developmentâ€™ will see other topics such as the socio-economic sectors including food security, health, disaster risk management, water resources and hydropower management being discussed.
Proper interpretation of seasonal climate forecasts and their application across various socio-economic decision-making processes still remain as challenges in the region.
The SARCOF process is continuing to transform into an effective and reliable source for climate information and prediction services in order to fully exploit their potential for enhancing multi-sectoral social and economic development.