NiMet and Tomorrow.IO team up to revolutionize digital weather and climate intelligence
In a pioneering move towards enhancing weather and climate information in Nigeria, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Tomorrow.io, a leading weather information company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, with notable presence across Africa. And the Middle East.
The MoU established a collaborative framework between NiMet and Tomorrow.io, covering various areas such as commercialization of weather data, enhancing the accuracy of weather and climate forecasts, and applying artificial intelligence (AI) in weather and climate intelligence.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony at the NiMet headquarters in Abuja, the Managing Director of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. He stressed NiMet’s commitment to fulfilling the mandate given by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, SAN, with a focus on generating revenue and improving safety in the aviation sector.
Anosike stressed the importance of technological advances, including artificial intelligence, in shaping weather and climate forecasts. “As an agency, NiMet already does a lot,” he said. We are always looking for partners who will help us improve and expand our services. This partnership with Tomorrow.io will help us do more for our various stakeholders across the social and economic sectors we serve, including aviation, agriculture, marine, oil and gas, construction, academia and more.
Tomorrow.io’s Africa Expansion Manager, Mr. Yaniv Jelinek, shared his insights on the potential impact of the collaboration. Drawing on experiences in Kenya and other countries it serves, Jellinek highlighted the feasibility of providing micro-daily weather and climate information to end users, especially farmers, in easy-to-use formats. He pointed to Tomorrow.io’s value proposition for the partnership, enabling farmers to receive daily weather information on their mobile phones, regardless of their location and in the language of their choice.
Gielnik stressed the role of artificial intelligence in providing accurate, effective and faster weather and climate forecasts compared to current systems and models. He expressed confidence that Tomorrow.io’s contributions will be of immense value to NiMet stakeholders across various industries in the country. This collaboration signals an important step forward in leveraging cutting-edge technology to revolutionize digital weather and climate intelligence in Nigeria.