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Exploring the potential of the cost-efficient tahmo observation data for hydro-meteorological applications in sub-saharan africa

Schunke, J.; Laux, P. ORCID iD icon; Bliefernicht, J.; Waongo, M.; Sawadogo, W.; Kunstmann, H.


The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) is a promising initiative aiming to install 20,000 stations in sub-Saharan Africa counteracting the decreasing trend of available measuring stations. To achieve this goal, it is particularly important that the installed weather stations are cost-efficient, appropriate for African conditions, and reliably measure the most important variables for hydro-meteorological applications. Since there exist no performance studies of TAHMO stations while operating in Africa, it is necessary to investigate their performance under different climate conditions. This study provides a first analysis of the performance of 10 selected TAHMO stations across Burkina Faso (BF). More specifically, the analysis consists of missing value statistics, plausibility tests of temperature (minimum, maximum) and precipitation, spatial dependencies (correlograms) by comparison with daily observations from synoptical stations of the BF meteorological service as well as cross-comparison between the TAHMO stations. Based on the results of this study for BF for the period from May 2017 to December 2020, it is concluded that TAHMO potentially offers a reliable and cost-efficient solution for applications in hydro-meteorology. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140903
Veröffentlicht am 08.12.2021
DOI: 10.3390/w13223308
Zitationen: 4
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Zitationen: 3
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Zukunftscampus (CAMPUS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2073-4441
KITopen-ID: 1000140903
Erschienen in Water (Switzerland)
Verlag MDPI
Band 13
Heft 22
Seiten 3308
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagwörter cost-efficient weather stations; validation; geostatistical analysis; correlogram; Trans-African Hydro Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO); sub-Saharan Africa; Burkina Faso
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