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March Update: Africa Rainfall Project
8 Mar 2021   

Summary

The researchers are speaking about the project in two presentations this spring.


Project background

Through the Africa Rainfall Project, researchers at Delft University of Technology are creating high-resolution computer simulations of localized rainstorms in sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to massive, crowdsourced computing power from World Community Grid, they can run these simulations at a much higher resolution—exactly what's needed for localized rainstorms. This has never been done for rainstorms in this region.

This is important because 95% of agriculture in Africa depends on rainfall. The project uses data generated from World Community Grid, data from The Weather Company, and other information to provide more accurate rainfall forecasts. This information can help farmers more successfully raise their crops. 

Upcoming presentations

As we mentioned in last month's update, research team member Camille Le Coz was recently accepted as a presenter at the EGU General Assembly 2021, a virtual conference for the European Geosciences Union. The conference is currently scheduled for late April.

Additionally, the project's principal investigator, Professor Nick van de Giesen, will be giving a presentation about the project on March 11 at an IBM event.

Current status of work units

World Community Grid is currently sending out generation 54. (A generation is a set of work--in this case, a set of computer simulations of rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa.) 

Click here to learn more about World Community Grid's monthly project updates.

 




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