First EF5 Training Session in Namibia

Posted on April 10, 2015

participantsEF5 was presented in a training workshop at the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Forestry (MAWF) from March 30 to April 2, 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia. The training session was conducted by two PhD students at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology: Zac Flamig and Race Clark. Zac is the primary software developer of EF5 and Race is the primary developer of the EF5 training course. NASA scientists and engineers from the Goddard Space Flight Center also helped to facilitate the training workshop.

Hydrologists and other personnel from the MAWF completed the training along with students and faculty from the University of Namibia. The workshop is part of a larger ongoing effort in Namibia to leverage technical expertise and excellent observational platforms from the U.S. to build local knowledge and capacity to forecast hydrological disasters including floods and droughts in the Republic of Namibia.

EF5 is the Ensemble Framework for Flash Flood Forecasting. It includes physics concepts from the CREST (Coupled Routing and Excess Storage) model developed jointly between OU and NASA. Funding for EF5 training development is provided by the NASA and USAID SERVIR program. Funding for workshop travel is from an NSF PIRE grant to the Open Science Data Cloud, which provides the computing infrastructure for the Namibia Flood Dashboard.