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The Trans‐African Hydro‐Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO)

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In this opinion article, we present the Trans‐African Hydro‐Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO). The goal of TAHMO is to develop a dense network of hydro‐meteorological measurement stations throughout sub‐Saharan Africa. On average, there will be one station per 1000 km2. The stations will be cost‐effective through the use of new sensor and communication technologies. The station design is robust and aims at minimizing maintenance. Special attention will be paid to data quality assessment and control. Through public–private partnerships, the system will be made financially self‐sustaining. Education will play an important role as many stations will be placed at schools, where they will play a role in the curriculum. WIREs Water 2014, 1:341–348. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1034 This article is categorized under: Science of Water > Hydrological Processes Science of Water > Water and Environmental Change Human Water > Water Governance
Overview of synoptic stations reporting to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for operational purposes in the first half of October 2008. Note that most stations are still present but not communicating in a fashion timely enough to be useful for weather predictions (Source: WMO, 2009).
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Overview of different components of the Trans‐African Hydro‐Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) program, their roles, and data and material flows.
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Arthropod infestation of meteorological instrumentation in Navrongo, Ghana, February 2014. (a) Left temperature and relative humidity sensor and (b) right tipping bucket within rain gauge.
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