Africa Rainfall Project: November Update

The team secured the server and storage needed to share data in the form of maps.


Through the Africa Rainfall Project, researchers at Delft University of Technology are creating computer simulations of localized rainstorms in sub-Saharan Africa. Only by using World Community Grid these simulations can be run at a high level of resolution to 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 improved forecasts could help farmers more successfully raise their crops.

The team secured the necessary storage.

The African Rainfall Project will produce a large amount of data (500 TB). To make this easily accessible for researchers and interested volunteers, the data needs to be presented in the form of maps through a simple web interface.

Recently, Delft University of Technology has made available sufficient permanent storage to enable this important project. Technically, this goes through a THREDDS server, developed by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In the end, everybody will be able to zoom in on a part of Africa of specific interest, select variables, such as rainfall or temperature, and a defined time period, after which a map will be displayed. Given the current speed with which the project is moving, we expect that all data and maps will be available by November 2022.

Current status of work units

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

  •     Leading generation: 110
  •     Average generation: 102.2
  •     Pace: Moving forward 1 generation every 3.6 days (based on the latest 14-day average)

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