If you are interested in the TAHMO project and would like to contribute or share your ideas, please contact us at email@example.com. An initial, in-progress list of tasks that need to be undertaken can be found under the tab Tasks to be completed.
Monitoring Africa's environment is an important challenge if the continent's resources are to be used in an optimal and sustainable manner. Food production and harvest predictions would profit from improved understanding of water availability over space and time. Presently, the African observation network is very limited. National governments and regional planners do not have the data to make proper decisions regarding investments in water resources infrastructure.
A network of 20,000 hydro-meteorological stations
The idea behind this project is to build a dense network of hydro-meteorological monitoring stations in sub-Saharan Africa; one every 30 km. This entails the productions of 20,000 such stations. By applying innovative sensors and ICT, each station should cost not more than $200. The stations would be placed at schools and integrated in the educational program. The data will be combined with models and satellite observations to obtain a very complete insight into the distribution of water and energy stocks and fluxes.
Within this project, we have built a prototype of an acoustic disdrometer (rain gauge) that can be produced for €10, less than one percent of the cost of a commercial equivalent with the same specifications. The disdrometer was developed in The Netherlands and tested in Tanzania for a total project cost of €5000.
Listen to the rainfall recording from Tanzania: rainfall.wav
The project requires many skills and resources. Not just technical, but also financial and educational inputs are needed to make this project a success. If you are interested and have ideas, please contact us at: