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Robert A. Clark III, Zachary L. Flamig, Humberto Vergara, Yang Hong, Jonathan J. Gourley, Daniel J. Mandl, Stuart Frye, Matthew Handy, and Maria Patterson

Namibian portion of the Okavango River basin in the nation’s northeast ( Newsham and Thomas 2011 ). The north-central and northeast parts of the country have experienced severe flooding multiple times in the last decade; these floods have affected more than 100,000 people on multiple occasions ( Rukandema et al. 2009 ; Smith 2011 ). With much of the population dependent on agriculture, accurately monitoring water movement and storage at the surface and in the soils is critical for many Namibians

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Wassila M. Thiaw and Vadlamani B. Kumar

in agricultural production and river flow. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) began to provide USAID FEWS with real-time gauge-based 10-day weather summaries to enable operational monitoring of crop conditions. However, given the difficulty to access rain gauge measurements from Africa, CPC also began to provide USAID FEWS with access to real-time satellite rainfall estimates to improve the weather summaries and to enable effective

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