Ghana is in the process of developing its first climate atlas for citizens, researchers and the business community to learn about climate change in the country.
The interactive tool, which is being developed by the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) in collaboration with the Denmark Meteorological Institute (DMI), will help climate projections.
The Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ms Ama Pomaa Boateng, announced this at the end of the 15th International Training Workshop on Climate Variability and Predictability in Accra.
She added that the climate atlas would, among other functions, serve as a decision-making tool for national and local authorities.
The Deputy Minister stated that the increasing variations in climate and weather dynamics called for an enhanced and coordinated response system to mitigate the consequences of climate variability.
Ms Boateng said the 2022 state-of-the-climate report of Ghana issued by GMet, revealed that the country was experiencing higher-than-normal temperatures and rainfall.
“Indeed, during the peak of the rainy season in the southern part of Ghana, we heard and read about the numerous flooding incidents, which were recorded in the Western and Eastern coastal towns of Ghana as well as inland areas,” she said.
An official at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Wassila Thiaw, said access to reliable weather information was crucial to adapting to the climate crisis
He stated that a country’s ability to develop tools for early warning would help meet global goals including food security, healthcare services and sustainable jobs.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD