Workshop: Mukau Training

Start date: 27 Feb.2023
End date: 03 March 2023

Location: Conference Room

About Workshop:

African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) is implementing a Drought Advisory system- namely the Mukau system- at the continental level. The system is being developed by ACMAD as part of the Intra-ACP Climate Services Project in collaboration with the Drought group of the Natural Disaster Risk Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (funder) and NORCAP.

The Mukau system is a web application that manages monitoring, forecasting, and historic drought-related data; and is an adoption of the EDO and GDO by JRC adapted to the conditions in Africa.

It is to be a public online near-real-time system that uses Earth Observation and Weather information to monitor drought conditions in the African Continent.

It is an Open-Source software package that delivers Content Management and Web-map services optimised for geographical data representing long time series. It is used in the European Drought Observatory, the Global Drought Observatory, the South and Central American Drought Observatory and the Catchment Characterization system. It is based on PHP, Python, MapServer and PostgreSQL or Oracle.

When installing MUKAU in a regional meteorological agency the system offers the possibility to automate data-inception, control, interpolation, computation of anomalies and high-quality web mapping.

As part of the project implementation, a 5-day capacity building of 20 staff (Internal, Interns, on-the-job training and Secondments) on the use of the Mukau system is organized from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March 2023.

Workshop Objective

The main objective of this workshop is to equip ACMAD staff with skills and knowledge as well as giving the hands-on experience on how to use the Mukau system. At the end the staff will be familiar with how the system work, be able to interact, process data and generate the products required to achieve their daily work.

Workshop Agenda, Web mapping Service for ACMAD and automation of Mapping Data.  From 27th of February to 3rd of March 2023.

Day 1   Preparation of the Workshop, coaching of ACMAD personnel on the system, and assessment of the work done so far.

          Presence of Collins, Alfred, Romeo, Ali

Day 2   Workshop with thematic users in ACMAD



Presenter / Moderator

9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and Introduction


9.30 – 10.30

Presentation of GDO and Drought watch MUKAU systems

Alfred, Collins




Presentation data flows at ACMAD: Rainfall data, SPI, Agricultural Season computation

Pierre, Mduduzi


ACMAD Geoportal & Web presence developments

Sunshine, Ali




Presentation data flows at ACMAD: Forecasts

Pierre, Mduduzi


Presentation data flows at ACMAD: Meningitis, NDVI, Soil moisture

Pierre, Mduduzi


Introduction to Spatial Databases


Day 3   Connection of the MUKAU system with desktop GIS



Presenter / Moderator

9.00 – 9.45

(Predicted) Time series analysis for seasonal droughts

Pierre, Mduduzi

9.45 – 10.30

Using Spatial Databases


10.45 – 12.00

GIS Automation with Python


12.00 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Drought Knowledge Caps


15.00 – 17.00

User Needs inventory ACMAD


Day 4  Feedback with the Development team