In many areas in Africa, the weather is erratic. Rainfall is irregular, and there are long periods of drought. A network of tens of thousands of low-budget weather stations is expected to provide greater certainty to Africans with regard to weather and water, thereby increasing agricultural yield.
Professor of Water Management Nick van de Giesen (CEG) is collaborating on this with several American colleagues. Their dream is to have thousands of working weather units throughout Africa by 2018, most of them managed by schools. The project was launched in Kenya in the summer of 2013, with the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory. At this facility, African students used inexpensive electronics to construct cheap weather stations. In March, Giesen will go to Stanford for five months of uninterrupted work on the African project.