Data Management, Remote Sensing & Geospatial

Knowledge management products including databases, Geoportals and Geospatial applications are developed at IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in order to organize, document, visualize and share (some of) data to member states and partners. This point station data is  blended with the satellite data to enhance the quality of the products for the region Due to sparse station networks, the blending  of data with satellite improve the spatial representativeness of the areas . The station data are also useful to verify, calibrate and validate some of the climate parameters generated by ICPAC scientists.

Geospatial data products are one of the most important products to visualize the specific data layers on climate and various application areas that ICPAC is currently working on. Geospatial data, analysis and visualization processes is a day to day activity at ICPAC towards provision of quality standard climate services to the region. To appropriately harness the potentials of the technology ICPAC has specialists in this areas. You can explore the reach data layers compiled under the ICPAC geoportal which are also downloadable in GIS compatible file formats. You can access ICPAC Geoportal here. For full range of applications developed at ICPAC on different sectors e.g Agriculture, Climate, Disaster Risks, Environment, water among others can also be accessed through apps portal. ICPAC also offers training on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) on request by member states.

The use of Earth Observation (EO) products are one of the major inputs in ICPAC and widely used all across the sectors including climate, water, rangelands, agriculture and disaster risk information/reduction. Remote sensing data products are used to develop some of the spatial applications to disaster risk monitoring ad early warning for early action towards disaster risk reduction in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region. 

Program Goal
The main goal of this program is to compile and document the large volume of spatial data that have been generated at ICPAC through different projects in order to serve the scientists of IGAD/ICPAC, member states and partners to enhance the capacity of ICPAC to provide quality and reliable regional climate services. Station observations data for rainfall and temperature are being received from member countries on a ten days regular basis at ICPAC.