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"Rain" .. a supercomputer to monitor climate changes in Morocco

“Rain” .. a supercomputer to monitor climate changes in Morocco

As part of its plan to combat this problem, the Directorate General of Meteorology (governmental) acquired a computer called “Rain”, which is one of the most powerful and largest computers at the level of meteorological centers in Africa.

The directorate has started operating this supercomputer, after testing and transferring observational data and applications since last April.

Computational power predicts extreme phenomena

Al-Hussein Youabed, who is responsible for communication at the Directorate General of Meteorology, asserts that the new computer “depends in forecasting extreme weather events and climate forecasts to a large extent on the computational power that must be provided to activate the innovations resulting from scientific research in the numerical modeling of weather and climate.”

In his statement to “Sky News Arabia”, Youabed explained that “this computational power enables the processing of very large amounts of data, observational observations and the products of the new monitoring systems by adopting big data technology.”

The official in charge of communication with the Directorate General of Meteorology continued, “The activation of the new automated device, which was acquired with a contribution from the Fund to Combat the Effects of Natural Disasters, constitutes a major challenge for the Directorate General of Meteorology, as it is a national reference center in the field and an international center for information systems of the World Meteorological Organization.” .

Improved forecasting of dangerous phenomena

Through the new information system, Morocco is betting, especially in the study of climate changes, on “improving forecasting of dangerous extreme weather phenomena, and improving geographical accuracy by descending to a more accurate local level, and thus better identifying risks”, says Al-Hussein Youabed, responsible for communication with the Directorate General Meteorology.

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The same spokesman added that this computer will also enable “running high-resolution climate models to study climate changes in Morocco and provide more accurate information about their effects on various economic and social activities.”

A rain computer at the level of combating the problem of climate change will allow, for the first time, “to run new models to produce group forecasts or probabilistic forecasts and to develop several scenarios with the rate of probability of their occurrence as well as uncertainties or differences,” according to the official in charge of communication with the Directorate General of Meteorology.

The same source also highlighted that this computer will also enable “running high-resolution climate models to study climate changes and provide more accurate information about their effects on various economic and social activities.”

High-tech strategic device

Said Shukri, an expert in environmental issues and climate change, believes that “this device is of high quality and technology, the main purpose of which is to monitor some extreme weather phenomena and predict their occurrence, which are already among the expected scenarios.”

The expert in environmental issues and climate change confirmed, in his speech to “Sky News Arabia”, that “these climatic phenomena cannot be avoided, but at least they will be predicted in a time that enables us to take precautionary measures within a sufficient time.”

Thus, says Shukri, it is “a kind of early warning that depends on the required accuracy without causing loss of life and material aspects.”

For his part, Mohamed Said Karrouq, professor of climatology at Hassan II University in Casablanca, considered that “Morocco’s availability of this very giant device will enable it to have special knowledge and will make it immune to a range of risks.”

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The professor of climatology stated, in connection with the “Sky News Arabia” website, that “the availability of advanced electronic mechanisms, computers and minds is a very strategic thing,” stressing that “climate is a field for future studies.”

As the same speaker explained, “the climate is a controlling domain in existing environments and life, which calls for predicting the problems associated with it to avoid them because there is no ability to stop natural phenomena.”

A Moroccan gain that benefits neighboring countries

On another level, Mohamed Said Karrouq, professor of climatology at Hassan II University in Casablanca, warned that “Morocco has a special geography, and it has a major role in structuring the local climate and in shaping the turmoil that the kingdom has experienced, and which it may witness in the future as well.”

On this basis, “any future predictive model must integrate these data in order to obtain the desired result,” stresses the professor of climatology.

The same source also pointed out that “the air system does not recognize political and administrative borders, as neighboring countries and African countries will benefit from this technology and from this Moroccan gain.”

Also, “a rain system at the global level will enable the development of a comprehensive coverage of the North African region in particular, in addition to it will constitute an extension of the international research centers that are developing in Morocco as well,” says Mohamed Said Karrouq, professor of climatology at Hassan II University in Casablanca.