Our S.5 students had a great interesting moment with our friends from Norway. The Norwegians were glad for the good hospitality and love they received from our students. This was a great opportunity to our students to learn new things apart from their daily normal curriculum. Mr. SSerwanga Moses HOD Geography led the team and they effectively exhausted the TAHMO project.
The main purpose for their coming was to sensitise our students on the issues of climate under a project called TAHMO (The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory).
The Trans-African Hydro Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) aims to develop a vast network of weather stations across Africa. Current and historic weather data is important for agricultural, climate monitoring, and many hydro-meteorological applications.
The idea behind this project is to develop a dense network of hydro-meteorological monitoring stations in sub-Saharan Africa – one every 30 km. This entails the installation of 20,000 stations across the continent. By applying innovative sensor technology and I.C.T, TAHMO stations are both inexpensive and robust. Stations are placed at schools and integrated in educational programs, adding richness to the curriculum and helping foster a new generation of scientists.
Local weather data collected is combined with models and satellite observations to obtain insight into the distribution of water and energy stocks and fluxes. Data is collected to measure the following;
– Temperature (mean, maximum and minimum) (°C)
– Mean sea level pressure (hPa)
– Relative humidity (%)
– Rainfall (mm/day)
– Mean visibility (km)
– Wind speed (km/h)
– Occurrence of: rain, snow, thunderstorm, fog.
Within this project, Norwegians have built a prototype of an acoustic Disdrometer (rain gauge) that can be produced for €10, less than one percent of the cost of a commercial equivalent with the same specifications. The Disdrometer was developed in The Netherlands and tested in Tanzania for a total project cost of €5000. We are also glad that they installed one of this equipment to our school.
The TAHMO project is committed to serving the public by advancing the free and open exchange of hydro-meteorological data collected with its monitoring stations. By allowing the free download of all raw TAHMO data for scientific research and governmental applications, the project supports World Meteorological Organization (W.MO.) Resolution 40 and Resolution 25. Commercial applications of TAHMO data are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Norwegians urged our students to participate fully in this project because the issue of climate is global and we are all responsible for protecting the environment. They also emphasised innovation among the students in order to develop their talents and acquire more practical skills and knowledge.
Thank you for the great work done.