Good news for Nick van der Giessen, professor of Water Management in the faculty of CivilEngineering and Geosciences. The Tahmo project, which he codirects, has been awarded funding by the Global Resilience Partnership, a public-private initiative backed by various development co-operation organisations. Tahmo is one of just eight projects selected for financial support, out of 510 applications from all over the world. The project aims to set up 20,000 weather stations across Africa, creating a meteorological network capable of producing better forecasts. The stations are supplied all the energy they need by a tiny solar panel and submit comprehensive current data – rainfall, sunshine, temperature, air pressure, wind speed and direction, and much more – every five minutes over the standard mobile telephony network.