Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has challenged climate scientists to intensify research on climate change to improve early warning systems and mitigation measures for disasters.
Prof. Wakhungu observed that understanding clouds is essential for forecasting weather conditions, modeling the impacts of future climate change and predicting the availability of water resources.
She noted that clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts but one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change. As a result of the significance of the condensed water vapor in the sky, there is need to understand better how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect the clouds as they play a critical role in the water cycle and in shaping the global distribution. The Cabinet Secretary said this during the World Meteorological Day celebrations held in Kitui County.
The theme of this year’s celebrations “Understanding Clouds” was selected to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather, climate and water resources.
The Cabinet Secretary said that Kenya Meteorological Department has established County Meteorological offices in all the 47 Counties that provide vital weather information to all the users within the local community. They have also helped Counties put in place mitigation measures which have been used to save lives, protect property and conserve the environment and aided in averting and reducing any weather related hazards.