NASA IDS: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) The First Participatory Research and Project Meeting

August 11 to August 12, 2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

NASA, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA), the National Meteorological Agency (NMA) of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Meteorological Society (EtMS), and Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia organized a workshop August 11-12, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that brought together a variety of decision makers and/or their advisers, representing local, regional, and international organizations in the Great Horn of Africa.

Contact Information

For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, ttadesse2@unl.edu, 402-472-3383

For more information about the outreach materials related to this project, please contact Ms. Nicole Wall, nwall2@unl.edu, 402-472-6776.


  • Purpose of the Meeting and Introductions
    Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, Project PI, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • An Overview of NASA Research Programs, Remote Sensing Application on Water Resources, and the Importance of Users Engagement
    Dr. Shahid Habib, Chief, Office of Applied Sciences, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
  • Introduction to the NASA-GHA project: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the GHA under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies
    Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse
  • Participatory Research and the Role of Stakeholder Engagement in Applied Science
    Dr. Shimelis Beyene, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • Remote Sensing and Agro-Hydrolgic Modeling for Operational Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Applications in FEWS NET
    (Audio Recording), Dr. Gabriel Senay, USGS, USA
  • RCMRD/NASA SERVIR: activities and experiences
    Dr. Tesfaye Korme, Director, Remote Sensing and GIS, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Current Methods and Techniques on Short-, Medium, and Long-Range Climate Prediction in Ethiopia
    Dr. Diriba Korecha, Director, Meteorological Forecast and Early Warning Directorate, National Meteorological Agency, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC): overview and vision
    Dr. Guleid Artan, Director, ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya
  • An overview of drought occurrence, impacts and strategies/polices in the Horn of Africa
    Mr. Abebe Tadege, Knowledge sharing officer at ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Breakout sessions considered agricultural and water impacts, management, and data sharing.
  • Impacts of climate change on desertification in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), Global Aid Against Poverty (GAAP)
    Mr. Noor M. Abanoor, Nairobi, Kenya
  • The current challenges facing the South Sudan Meteorological Department
    Mr. Mojwok Monde, Director, South Sudan Meteorological Department, Juba, South Sudan
  • Integrating modern and indigenous drought forecasting approaches
    Dr. Masinde Muthoni, Head of the Department of Information Technology, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Research Initiatives on Climate Change and Variability at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
    Andualem Shimelis, Director, Biometrics, GIS and Agrometeorology Research, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
  • Building Resilience at community level: Framing Adaptation options in vulnerable ecosystems
    Dr. Belay Simane, Assoc. Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Seasonal forecasts in Ethiopia and their application to hydropower and agricultural-economic modeling
    Dr. Paul Block, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • IDE: Small scale irrigation experiences in Ethiopia
    Kebede Ayele, Country Director, International Development Enterprises, Ethiopia
  • A brief summary of FAO Activities across the Sub regional Office for Eastern Africa
    Fantahun Assefa, Field Programme Support and Monitoring Officer, FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE)
  • The use of satellite rainfall estimates for enhancing national climate services across Africa
    Dr. Tufa Dinku, IRI/CU, USA
  • Monthly prediction of the vegetation condition: a case for Ethiopia
    Dr. Getachew Berhan AAU, Ethiopia, and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, NDMC/UNL
  • Flood Prediction using remote sensing data
    Shahid Habib/Fritz Policelli, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), USA
  • Opportunities and challenges for seasonal prediction in the GHA
    Dr. Ben Zaitchik, John Hopkins University (JHU), USA
  • Evaluation of CHIRP/S Satellite rainfall estimate over Eastern Africa
    Dr. Tufa Dinku, IRI/CU, USA
  • Towards a shock-proof food and energy system in Africa
    Dr. Menghestab Haile, Director, WFP Africa Office and Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Agricultural extension system of Ethiopia: A case of Amhara region - practice, challenges and ways forward
    Dr. Belay Demise, Economic affairs officer- Regional land expert, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Methods on seasonal crop yield forecasting
    Dr. Gui Baigorria, A/Professor, SNR/UNL, USA
  • New Frontiers in Seasonal Prediction in Africa
    Dr. Chris Funk, USGS/UCSB, USA