The 12th Kenya Meteorological Society International Conference, held from 11 to 13 November 2015 marked yet another landmark in the history of the Kenya Meteorological Society (KMS). The success of the Conference is attributable, largely to the collective efforts by members of the KMS, sponsors and stakeholders.
KMS is a professional body that draws its membership from meteorologists, hydrologists, environmentalists, agriculturalists, mathematicians, and other scientists from related disciplines in Kenya and around the world. Its main objective is to promote the understanding and application of the science of meteorology for sustainable development in Kenya.
The current complex climate variability and climate change related problems facing the country, together with other emerging global and regional issues, may derive many of their solutions from the science of weather and climate. The KMS is committed to play its role in this regard. Indeed, the Society, recognising that science and technology is a key player in attaining the Kenya Vision 2030, seeks to make a contribution through research and development.
The just ended 12th KMS international conference is one of the major activities of the KMS. It was organised incorporating the lessons learned in the previously held eleven biennial international conferences.
Another major activity of KMS is the publishing of the Journal of Meteorology and Related Sciences. Scientists from across the country and beyond publish their research findings, many of which address scientific, societal problems and policy gaps. KMS also publishes Weather and Climate, a newsletter that is geared towards enhancing public awareness of the applications of basic concepts in meteorology and related sciences.
The Conference, whose proceedings we are now happy to publish, brought together scientists, decision- makers, practitioners and civil society to deliberate on the theme 'Climate and Economic Development'
Stella Aura, MBS
Chair, Kenya Meteorological Society