Sarepta is short for Institutional Support and Capacity Building for Weather and Climate Services.
With the project Sarepta, MET Norway aims to contribute to capacity building at our sister institutions, increase knowledge and expertise linked to forecasting of extreme weather events as well as building climate- and marine services.
We use open source software - and open, free data when possible. There is a huge need for competencies related to IT solutions on all levels (infrastructure, network, OS, software, maintenance and so on). Included is also digitalisation and structuring of observation data, use of weather- climate- and ocean models.
MET Norway wants to contribute to strengthening of weather and climate services at our partner institutions, to promote the use of open and free data and software, develop local climate scenarios, improve forecasting of extreme weather events and support national NMHSs as the authorities in these areas.
Due to the differences in former knowledge and priorities at the NMHSs we collaborate with, MET Norway's activities will be tailored to fit the need of each individual country.
This will give access to improved information on various time scales - and be useful for local decision makers and the local population. In the future this will contribute to more climate robust societies.
We collaborate with:
- Bangladesh Meteorological Department
- Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Agency
- Ethiopian Meteorological Institute
- Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (in Malawi)
- Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (in Mozambique)
- Norwegian Refugee Council (Norwegian Capacity, NORCAP)
- Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research (NIBIO)
The project is organised with a project manager and expert group in each country and at MET Norway. The fundings are from Norad with in-kind from MET Norway.
The project supports UN's Sustainability Goals: