TAHMO OAU is a subgroup of the TAHMO Nigeria group which met earlier this year in August at FUTA, Akure. The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria’s most prestigious campus sits on a vast 11,861 hectares of land, most of which remains untapped and undeveloped. Armed with a very positive experience from the August workshop, the TAHMO OAU subgroup has sought to make its impact on the OAU campus which they believe is extremely important in achieving the TAHMO dream of 20,000 weather stations across sub-Saharan Africa.
This was first done with a presentation at the innovation dinner held at Kriscourt Hotel as part of the events marking TEDXIFE 2014. The presentation was well received and required steps are being taken to solidify the openings that emerged.
Currently, a super low-cost but efficient weather station is being set up and will be replicated based on the TAHMO pattern per sq. km throughout the campus area. The group has also developed a relationship with the OAU-met atmospheric group (headed by Prof. O.O. Jegede of Atmospheric Physics). He has gladly offered the group support such as testing and calibrating sensors with the standardized ones of the OAU-Met weather & research station (http://meteorology.oauife.edu.ng/).
The group seeks to use innovative ways to solve the most challenging of weather data problems and is currently partnering with the Life and Fitness cycling club for bicycle access in order to ease access to various locations, ZIWAS (Which is into Waste Management and Maximization), etc.