Getting Started with aWhere’s Geopsatial Files: a step by step guide.
aWhere’s geospatial files allow users to visualize and analyze weather for the past 30 and 15-day forecast to deliver Economic Resilience (ER).
Follow these steps to get started today!
1. Sign-Up for an account on aWhere’s adaptER Platform
2. On the home page, click on the Geospatial Downloads Icon
3. Click Region to select your country of interest and download the geospatial files for a select number of countries. Don’t see your area of interest? Contact us!
4. Click Resources to view or download the GIS tutorial to guide you through visualizing these files using QGIS. Each file contains a ShapeWKT (well-know text) column which allows you to easily import weather data into your preferred GIS software. Download the Data Dictionary to learn more about the variables in the .csv files such as Potential Evpotranspiration (PET)!
What can you do with aWhere’s Geospatial Files?
Visualizing the weather in your country of interest can inform decisions and planning around agriculture and food security by allowing you to:
- Identify areas that are anomalous (e.g rainfall outside of long term normal)
- Track the onset of the rainy season and in-season rainfall pattern
- View weather patterns across a country with aWhere’s 9km x 9km gridded surface
- And many more applications!
Explore weather anomalies in Eastern Africa
Africa continues to experience tremendous weather variability in 2019. Low rainfall could result in hydrologic drought (insufficient surplus water to recharge aquifers) as well as agriculture drought (insufficient rain to avoid water stress that will reduce crop yields).
Comparing current rainfall and long-term normal (2006-2018 average) highlights areas across East Africa that are both drier and wetter than normal. These troubling patterns increase the risk of rain fed agriculture for farmers, input providers and governments.
Tracking the onset of the rainy season in Western Kenya
In late September and early October, aWhere analysts were able to review the forecast for Kenya to determine when and where the rains would begin. This ma of aWhere’s 9km x 9km grid shows the patterns of Precipitation / Potential Evapotranspiration (P/PET) which indicates areas that have a signal for farmers to start planting.