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The Climate Hazards Center contributed to a FEWS NET Special Report titled “2019 Short Rains in East Africa Among the Wettest on Historical Record."
This report was produced through close collaboration between FEWS NET partners at the UC Santa Barbara Climate Hazards Center, USGS, NASA Goddard, and Chemonics.
Lead coordinators were Laura Harrison (UCSB CHC), Lark Walters (Chemonics), and Gideon Galu (FEWS NET/USGS). Major contributions were made by Chris Funk (UCSB CHC/USGS), Kim Slinski and the FEWS NET Land Data Assimilation System team (NASA Goddard), and Will Turner (UCSB CHC). 

The Climate Hazards Center's "Validation of the CHIRPS satellite rainfall estimates over eastern Africa" has been awarded a certificate of achievement by the Royal Meteorological Society as recognition for high citation numbers. 

IOPScience's Environmental Research Letters, a quarterly peer-reviewed open access journal, publishes "Using out-of-sample yield forecast experiments to evaluate which earth observation products best indicate end of season maize yields" written by Frank Davenport, Laura Harrison, Shraddhanand Shukla, Greg Husak, Chris Funk, and USAID's Amy McNally

The Climate Hazards Center attended the American Geophysical Union's 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. CHC team member involvement included poster presentations and larger oral presentations. CHC attendance and participation also included researchers, scientific programmers, and graduate student researchers, all of whom presented on a wide variety of topics, from data sets to applications, thus furthering the CHC's mission to educate an engaged public of the continual dangers posed by climate disasters. 

CM4EW Special Report on Southern Africa
In a GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) Special Report released on November 18th, 2019, the University of California Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazard Center (CHC) helped broadcast an important message about the heightened risk of drought during Southern Africa’s 2019-2020 main cropping season. 

Chris Funk was featured on the "Eyes on Earth" podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change, and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

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