What if we had no weather data? A continental-scale African observatory to address this issue
WhenStart: February 10, 2015 @ 11AM PT
End: February 10, 2015 @ 12PM PT
Webinar presented on February 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM PST.
Join us for a presentation by Dr. John Selker on the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO). TAHMO seeks to install continuously reporting weather stations across the African continent. Working closely with African collaborators, we curently have the stations installed in Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, and Kenya. The next generation of TAHMO stations shipped February, 2015, and are robust with no moving parts, using ultra-sonic wind speed instead of rotating vanes. The weather stations measure standard meteorological variables (rainfall, solar radiation, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, GPS location, a compass and 3-directional accelerometer to check the level of the instrument. The stations collect data via cell phone networks available through much of rural Africa, ultimately providing accurate and continuously updated data for improved prediction of crop yield, disease occurrence/propagation, land use planning and other needs. TAHMO’s long-term business model is economically self-sustaining, by selling data to commercial entities who wish to use the data (all private and government uses are free of charge). The stations will be ground-based on 30-km spacing (as required for crop insurance programs), providing a reliable real-time system that complements and enriches satellite-based observations (for data assimilation).
Dr. Selker, TAHMO co-Director, has worked as a consulting engineer in the USA, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and England. Additionally he has carried out scientific research in Chile, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, China, and 10 European countries. His areas of expertise include electronic design (e.g., lead engineer on the Sun Microsystems optical mouse project), irrigation and water systems, and development projects.
Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D.
Senior Climate Change Scientist, Team Lead- Global Change
Senior Conservation Scientist, Team Lead- Planning & Management