October Update: Africa Rainfall Project

The most recent estimated end for the Africa Rainfall Project is December 2022, supposing a constant pace like the current one.


Through the  Africa Rainfall Project, researchers at Delft University of Technology are creating computer simulations of localized rainstorms in sub-Saharan Africa. They can then run these simulations at a high level of resolution on World Community Grid, which is exactly what's needed to help provide more accurate forecasts for localized rainstorms. This has never been done before for rainstorms in this region, and is particularly important because 95% of agriculture in Africa depends on rainfall.

In addition to data generated from World Community Grid, the project will use data from The Weather Company and other information to help provide more accurate rainfall forecasts. In turn, these more accurate forecasts could help farmers more successfully raise their crops.

Updated estimated project end

A tech issue on the researchers’ servers (successfully resolved) led to a 4-day stop in sending and receiving work. The pace of the Africa Rainfall Project is a bit reduced after the peak in September, so the latest end date estimate is December 2022, but approximately half of a year's rainfall patterns in a portion of sub-Saharan Africa has been simulated so far.

Current status of work units

With the newer type of report for work units, the status for this project is:

  • Leading generation:  101
  • Average generation:  94.8
  • Pace: Moving forward 1 generation every 5.13 days (based on the latest 14-day average)

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