Initiative launched to improve access to localized weather data in Africa

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ClimaCell, a provider of MicroWeather forecasts, has announced the launch of an initiative to tackle one of the root causes of global poverty: lack of access to reliable localized weather information.

ClimaCell has established a new, independent non-profit organization that focus on saving and transforming lives by bringing MicroWeather Solutions to areas currently underserved by traditional means.

Beginning in East Africa and working together with local governments, NGOs and local communities, ClimaCell’s initiative aims to facilitate the rapid and collaborative implementation of novel technological approaches, and adoption of critical weather warnings and insights. To save lives, the initiative’s impact areas will focus on zero hunger, infectious disease eradication, and early warnings.

ClimaCell will close the weather gap by harnessing its proprietary technology stack. First, the company will use its unique method for building a dense network of observation points, including virtual sensor network, satellite data, and ground-truth weather stations. Then, the company will generate timely insights that can be used in real time via highly adaptable, proprietary, cloud-based high-resolution weather models. To maximize access, ClimaCell technology can quickly disseminate weather information via computer, radio, and mobile devices.

The initiative will also bring global technology partners together with community-based organizations across Africa. The goal of these collaborations will be to develop and deliver innovative localized weather forecasting solutions that are economically viable, long-lasting, and truly inclusive in reach.

“ClimaCell.org is the reason the company was established. Weather should no longer be a source of fear across Africa, much less a root cause of poverty across the continent. We are close to the eradication of many infectious diseases in some of the poorest communities because of the incredible collaborative efforts of NGOs, governments and the private sector. We can learn from this approach. MicroWeather technology has the potential to bring hope to billions, but it takes a village. We’re proud to have embarked on this journey,” commented Shimon Elkabetz, CEO and co-founder of ClimaCell.

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