The Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS) and the TU Delft/Oregon State University TAHMO (Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory) project have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to serve as a framework for long-term collaboration. The purpose of this collaboration is the development of a robust network of automatic weather stations (AWS) in Kenya. Two activities will take place in the first year of this understanding: installing co-located KMS/TAHMO stations to validate TAHMO equipment, and the installation/operation of independent TAHMO stations.
It is the mission of KMS to provide accessible meteorological information and services and infuse scientific knowledge to spur socio-economic growth and development. TAHMO’s mission is to improve sub-Saharan Africa’s capacity for hydro-meteorological monitoring.
Important next step
For TAHMO, the MoU with KMS represents a significant next step in the process of developing and implementing a sub-Saharan African-wide weather sensing network. According to Prof. Nick van de Giesen, “This MoU is very important to TAHMO, because it means that we are now allowed to install and operate weather stations in Kenya. Partnership with the KMS provides us with the opportunity to co-develop a public-private partnership that will turn around the decline in water and climate-related measurement networks.”