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  • African rainfall data `will improve climate predictions`

    A comprehensive 30-year dataset of African rainfall could soon help test climate change predictions and improve climate models, according to a UK researcher. David Grimes, who studies satellite data at the University of Reading, told SciDev.Net that his group will release the complete, open-access data set within a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rainfall patterns cloud climate changes

    The 20th century was neither much drier nor wetter for half the globe than many of its predecessors, European scientists say. On the contrary, they say several centuries in the last 1,200 years experienced much more variable rain and drought than the 1900s. Their findings, which are published with several caveats and which have not so far been replicated, differ markedly from the conclusions ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Why measure? Introducing the Water Indicator Application

    Our daily life is full of indicators: from GDP providing an indication of economic health, to grades in school to show how a student has performed, to body temperature confirming whether or not a patient has a fever. But, what are indicators and why are they important? Indicators are a measurement or value that gives you an idea of what something is like. They help us to track the development of ...

  • Record torrential rainfall linked to warming climate

    If you think you’re getting an unusually hard soaking more often when you go out in the rain, you’re probably right. A team of scientists in Germany says record-breaking heavy rainfall has been increasing strikingly in the last 30 years as global temperatures increase. Before 1980, they say, the explanation was ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Rainfall`s link to carbon emissions quantified

    Two studies published in Nature this week have demonstrated a direct link between rising greenhouse gas levels and severe rainfall events. Scientists compared rainfall predictions from eight climate models with data from weather stations around the Northern Hemisphere. Gabriele Hegerl, a climate researcher at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, told NatureNews: "We can now say with some ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Latest technique in climate forecasts shows decrease in UK summer rainfall

    Results from the latest multiple model ensemble techniques in climate change forecasting, published by Britain's Royal Society, indicate that average summer rainfall for northern Europe could decrease by between 5 and 20 per cent by the end of the century. The findings use Met Office Hadley Centre climate simulations in a multiple model ensemble. This method has been pioneered by climate research ...


    By The Met Office

  • Record-breaking heavy rainfall events increased under global warming

    Heavy rainfall events setting ever new records have been increasing strikingly in the past thirty years. While before 1980, multi-decadal fluctuations in extreme rainfall events are explained by natural variability, a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research detected a clear upward trend in the past few decades towards more unprecedented daily rainfall events. They ...

  • Long-term rainfall deficiencies persist; some relief to short-term deficits over parts of southern Australia

    Parts of southern Australia recorded above average rainfall during July 2009, particularly near the coast. Elsewhere, rainfall was generally below the long-term mean, with large areas of Queensland experiencing very much below average rainfall. Average to above average July rainfall over western Victoria and southeast SA has relieved most of the short-term deficits that existed in the 6-month ...


    By Australian Government

  • Severe flood warnings remain as strong winds, high tides and heavy rainfall continue

    Five severe flood warnings and over 160 flood warnings remain in place. Significant disruption Strong winds, high tides and swollen rivers continue to bring an increased risk of flooding. Significant disruption is possible along much of the coast of Wales and south-west England from Flintshire to Dorset. This includes coasts and tidal areas of Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, ...

  • Environment Agency continuing to take action to reduce flood risk to communities ahead of further heavy rainfall

    As the Environment Agency continues to take action around the clock to reduce flood risk across the South East, communities are being warned to expect more flooding as further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next few days across the region With more widespread heavy rain expected across the South East throughout the rest of the week, coupled with strong winds and adverse weather conditions, ...

  • ASTM D6459 - 11 standard test method for determination of Rolled Erosion Control Product (RECP) performance in protecting hillslopes from rainfall-induced erosion

    This test method evaluates RECPs and their means of installation to 5.1.1 Reduce soil loss and sediment concentrations in stormwater runoff under conditions of varying rainfall intensity and soil type, and; 5.1.2 Improve water quality exiting the area disturbed by earthwork activity by reducing suspended solids. This test method ...


    By ASTM International

  • Record heat and record rainfall. Climate change has altered the GCC’s weather systems and increased the risk and regularity of extreme weather events

    In order to support improvement in GCC weather forecasting ability Advanced Conferences and Meetings (ACM) launched the WeatherTech GCC conference in 2015 the first event of its kind in the region to provide a platform to discuss optimization of next generation technologies to revolutionize the collection, analysis and distribution of weather forecasting data in the GCC.  This year ...

  • FlowWorks links to USGS and NOAA data

    FlowWorks, USA, can now accept real-time data directly from United States Geological Survey (USGS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitoring stations. The addition of the USGS and NOAA data means over 2,500 precipitation stations, 9,000 stream flow stations, 1,300 groundwater level stations and 1,900 surface water quality stations and nearly 50 tide stations are ...


  • Localised climate data for African villages

    African cities and villages will soon have access to detailed data on how climate change may affect them until the next century. The Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), an initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the World Climate Research Programme, aims to provide localised ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • FlowWorks to manage sanitary sewer flow monitoring data

    Gwinnett County, USA, has selected FlowWorks to manage all sanitary sewer flow and rainfall monitoring data for the Department of Water Resources on annual contract. The selection was made, in part, because of FlowWorks' ability to accept data directly from Teledyne ISCO and ADS flow meters. Gwinnett County has an area of 436 square miles and a population of nearly 700,000. The county has long ...

  • Weather data may predict cholera outbreaks

    Public health officials may be able to forecast cholera outbreaks months in advance by looking at temperature and rainfall data, according to a study. Researchers looked at cholera outbreaks in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and found that they correlated with increases in temperature and rainfall. They calculated thata one degree Celsius increase — from 23 to 24 degrees Celsius — was ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • NASA data show some African drought linked to warmer Indian Ocean

    A new study, co-funded by NASA, has identified a link between a warming Indian Ocean and less rainfall in eastern and southern Africa. Computer models and observations show a decline in rainfall, with implications for the region's food security. Rainfall in eastern Africa during the rainy season, which runs from March through May, has declined about 15 percent since the 1980s, according to ...

  • All it takes for Water Monitoring and Data Network

    The management of monitoring of equipment is increasingly done remotely at a (considerable) distance. Configuration, reading and, if necessary, taking action on data received from a remote location of one’s choice are possibilities that are nowadays standard requirements. You can do a lot more than just measure with the e-SENSE® telemetry measuring system, where measurement data is collected ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • The Arab world: `Scarce data in a water-scarce region`

    Data-sharing is part of the answer to problems arising from the Arab region’s most serious challenge, water. Water is potentially a matter of conflict and death as well as life in the Arab region, which is why it is such a sensitive subject — on the ground and in negotiations for United Nations conferences such as the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi (12-16 December) and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rare water data drives heating debate underground

    Two great bodies of water have begun to feel the heat. European scientists report that they have evidence that the planet’s groundwater – the subterranean ocean of freshwater that bubbles into wells, freshens desert springs, scours great underground limestone caverns and makes ...


    By Climate News Network

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