GRMA To Partner With NiMet For Climate Risk Modeling

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L-R: Global Risk Modelling Alliance (GRMA) representative, Alastair Norris; Director-general, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Prof. Charles Anosike; GRMA official, Renuka Srinivasan; and National Council on Climate Change representative, Falemi Ayodeji during a courtesy call on the NiMet boss at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

The Global Risk Modelling Alliance (GRMA) has shown interest in collaborating with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to improve access to risk data and models.

During a visit to the director-general of NiMet and Nigeria’s representative with WMO, Prof. Charles Anosike, Alastair Norris and Renuka Srinivasan from GRMA mentioned that the partnership will involve utilising open source platforms and standards to support risk financing. They also plan to offer technical assistance through projects jointly defined with key stakeholders in Nigeria.

Anosike expressed NiMet’s enthusiasm for the proposed partnership with GRMA to enhance forecasting and dissemination capabilities. He highlighted NiMet’s provision of early warnings to farmers and stakeholders through seasonal climate predictions (SCP) and regular briefings on weather and climate conditions for the aviation sector.

GRMA, a programme supported by the German government, aims to strengthen risk analytics in vulnerable communities by leveraging expertise from both public and private sectors.

Falemi Ayodeji from the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) accompanied the GRMA team during the visit. Director of the department of applied meteorological services (DAMS) Mrs. Gloria Onyegbule and chief meteorologist at NiMet, Mr. James Ijampy were also in attendance.

Oluchi Okorafor
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