Visit to the Operational Centre of Doctors without Borders in Barcelona, Spain

Markus Enenkel visited the operational centre of MSF in Barcelona (the “OCBA”) on Monday, 23 March, to prepare for the upcoming field tests in the Central African Republic. In particular the smartphone app, the related questions for all user levels (community health worker, medical team leader and field coordinator), as well as issues related to security were discussed.



While outernet will help us to distribute updates about current and future drought risk we’ll test solar panels from an Austrian start -up named sunnybag ( to charge the smart phones. Ideally, one panel charges a phone in 2 hours.

Publications about the TAMSAT rainfall dataset used for SATIDA

If you are interested in a detailed description of the datasets we use, in this case precipitation, please check out these two publications. Both are open access.

Tarnavsky et al. (2014): Extension of the TAMSAT Satellite-Based Rainfall Monitoring over Africa and from 1983 to Present

Maidment et al. (2014): The 30 year TAMSAT African Rainfall Climatology and Time series (TARCAT) data set

International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity

Markus Enenkel recently attended the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA (

In order to harmonize SATIDA with currently ongoing international activities in the domains of drought and food security management, the conference was followed by meetings with

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

GEOGLAM (Global Agricultural Monitoring) group at the University of Maryland

the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

– the World Bank.

First SATIDA publication online

Please have a look at or first publication “Drought and food security – Improving decision-support via new technologies and innovative collaboration”. I is published under the open access license and can be read/downloaded here:

The study was supported by:

– Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Ecosystems Services and Management Group
– World Food Programme, Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Unit
– Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Nebraska – Kearney
– Princeton University, Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, USA
– Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
– International Food Policy Research Institute, Environment and Production Technology
– European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
– United States Department of Agriculture, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service