Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory – Sensor design competition

The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) is organizing the TAHMO Sensor Design Competition among African Universities. The stations need a suitable sensor that measures climate variables. Therefore, the project is aimed at designing building and operating the 20,000 weather stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective is to design a sensor that measures a weather or hydrological variable and is both inexpensive and robust. Top 20 teams with the best (written) designs will be sent a ‘Makers Package’ that will allow them to actually build a prototype. Deadline is 1 March 2013.

The project requires many skills and resources.  Not just technical, but also financial and educational inputs that are needed to make it a success.

An initial, in-progress list of tasks that need to be undertaken can be found under Tasks to be completed.

If you are interested in the TAHMO project and would like to contribute or share your ideas, please contact them at

Watch the video below for a detailed explanation of the project…