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TAHMO was invited to the annual conference of the Ghana Geographers’ Association. The association is the umbrella body for lecturers and tutors who teach Geography at the University and secondary school levels respectively in the country. The association’s conference provides a platform for them to take a retrospective look at the subject (content), teaching methods, build members capacities and discuss issues that relate to the growth of the association. The conference also provides members who have undertaken research the opportunity to share their work and more importantly, how the association can help with the national course.

This year was held at the University for Education, Winneba and were under the theme: ‘Geography- The missing link in Ghana’s Development Agenda?’ The conference was graced by the Vice President of Ghana – Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

TAHMO was asked to make a presentation on our school2school initiative. The West Africa Regional TAHMO Representative Mr. Kwame Duah Anhwere shared with the participants the
desire to help improve Climatology which is part of the Geography syllabus in Ghana and the rest of Africa by TAHMO. This has started by installing the TAHMO stations in schools across Africa and
Ghana in particular. TAHMO has also developed teaching and learning materials to facilitate teaching in the schools. A dedicated website www.school2school.net has been provided by TAHMO where schools can access the data for their lessons.

Kwame at the conference reiterated the fact that the school2school platform offers the Geography teachers and their Association a crucial avenue to partner with TAHMO as they work together to get these teaching and learning materials into the Ghanaian Geography curriculum. Currently, TAHMO has 85 stations in Ghana and 78 out of this number are in schools.All host schools have been educated about the stations especially during the installation period. Though, TAHMO has the approval of GES to install in schools, partnership with the Geographers’ Association is vital since its members form part of the exam board that examines students on the subject matter.

As it turned out, the association members who do not have TAHMO stations requested for one for their schools. However they were informed that they could be connected to nearby TAHMO stations so the hosts become more of resource centres to serve the others.

We (TAHMO) look forward to a fruitful partnership with the association in the coming days.

**Written by Kwame Duah A.

Meteo Rwanda in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) challenged technocrats to design a climate early warning system. The challenge focused on using the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop a solution. And due to TAHMO’s experience in building early warning systems, we were invited to mentor the participants. Gilbert (TAHMO and SWC) and Dominique ( CEO SWC) participated.

In Uganda, TAHMO led the implementation of Global Resilient Project that developed a Meteorological Early Warning system for fishers and local population near Lake Victoria. An end-to-end solution was developed where weather information flows from the network of Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) to big data analytics and all the way to millions of people via voice messages. TAHMO is also part of Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP) to offer a solution in disaster preparedness and emergency management through early warning system. In this project, TAHMO installed AWSs and AWLs (Automatic Water Levels) in rivers and sites close to Dar Salaam. In Kenya, TAHMO is in a team building Integrated Real-Time Hydro-Meteorological Monitoring System in Nzoia River Basin. The goal is to have a functional flood early warning system.

Rwanda is in need of a similar early warning system. At the moment, information flow from Meteo Rwanda to people is not very effective. Meteo Rwanda generates predictions then passes it to the Ministry of Disaster Management (MIDMAR) who details the information then shares it to the public. This one-way flow of information is often slow and no way of holding any institutions accountable. The public wants a way of giving feedback to the institutions, to help them improve their services and better tailor the information.

But what does it take to design an early warning system? The UN international strategy for disaster reduction has identified risk knowledge, monitoring and warning service, dissemination and communication and response capacity as the key elements for an effective early warning system. So, when you start to think of developing a fully integrated early warning system, a number of questions come to mind. First is how data will be collected; which sensors do you use, will the data be reliable and does it meet the WMO standard? And how will streams of data from multiple sensors in multiple locations be handled? Then you will need to worry on how the data architecture will look like. How will you bulk datasets while continually maintaining the network running? You will then need to think about how data will be processed, information generated and disseminated to people. You will also want to ensure all the various components are properly coordinating and working together.

10 groups participated in the challenge: Binary Earth, ECODEV, Hugs for Bugs, Dream Team, FORTENA and FARMATE, STES, HUBTZ team, CLINFONOT, and EcODEV. All the groups showcased unique solutions within the data chain. On dissemination of information, solutions ranged from the use of a web app, mobile app, USSD, SMS, and voice to share data with all stakeholders. Some groups included advanced features to allow quick sharing of information and sending alert warnings to physical alarm device that warns people in proximity of disaster, while other groups included using Machine learning algorithms to predict the likelihood of a disaster occurring. Other groups showcased how weather parameter data could be uploaded using low-cost electronic sensors.

On the sideline of the event, TAHMO participated in knowledge sharing sessions with various government institutions among them RISA, MIDIMAR, Meteo Rwanda,
Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and UNDP.

TAHMO is committed to establishing partnerships, sharing, and exchange of knowledge with institutions in the weather industry, with the goal of strengthening each other’s capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

**Written by Gilbert Mwangi Kamau

The past few months have seen TAHMO install over 100 stations in various parts of East Africa.
Kenya installed 40 new stations, Malawi installed 21, Tanzania installed 6, Rwanda 15 stations. These are additional stations to the existing ones in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. There is advanced progress to have stations installed in all corners of East Africa. In East Africa, TAHMO works closely with the National Meteorological Agencies to identify locations that have historically been underserved with real-time and accurate weather data.

A consortium involving TAHMO won the bid to supply, deliver, install and commission an Integrated Real-Time Hydro-Meteorological Monitoring System in Kenya.

The contract with the Kenyan government will see TAHMO and the consortiums install 10 Automatic Weather Stations and 7 automatic water level gauges. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation will use the generated data to upgrade the Nzoia River Basin early warning system in Lake Victoria North Catchment area.

The Students Local and International Collaboration for Environment through Innovative Technology (SLICEIT) is launching a donation program to seek funding to install further TAHMO weather stations in schools. Please check out their website

TAHMO is seeking a provider of M2M services mainly for African countries.
We are seeking a broad availability of various networks in different countries.

What are we seeking:
– unique M2M sim cards functioning in all or most African countries
– a broad choice of networks as our equipment is located sometimes in remote locations
– we require a maximum of 1Mb of data per month
– we would like a unique price preferable for all Africa or at least per country.
– The price should include a platform accessible by anyone we choose to in order to activate and suspend sim cards.

Documentation to provide when submitting a quote:
– mobile footprint of the available networks your sim cards can access

Please send the offer and documentation to Rebecca Hochreutener by April 28th 2017 12:00 noon CET. Please use” M2M offer ‘name of company’ ”  in the subject of the email. Thank you.

Every five kilometre ($ 3) that you run and every thirty kilometre ($ 5) that you ride on your bicycle are valuable. Not only for you, but also for scientists, farmers, fishermen, malaria fighters and government agencies in Africa. Because when you download their free app, the Meter Group,  supplier of measurement technology, donates these dollars for your meters to the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory Foundation (TAHMO).

That way, both you and the Meter Group support TAHMO in its aim to achieve a network of a total of 20,000 weather stations in Africa. Local farmers and fishermen will benefit most from the local real-time weather information and weather forecasts, that will become available through each weather station. This information is crucial, because over 75 percent of the local population is dependent on agriculture and hence the weather. Professors Nick van de Giesen (Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft) and John Selker (Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University) designed the TAHMO low-maintenance weather stations with their research teams and partners. The weather stations are mostly located at schools, so that they can also be used in educational programmes. Without these weather stations, there is no accurate weather information available in most places.

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For more information about TAHMO click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udKAu0Fr9hI

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