TWIGA: Transforming Water, weather, and climate information through In situ observations for Geo-services in Africa

The objective of TWIGA is providing currently unavailable geo-information on weather, water and climate for sub-Saharan Africa by enhancing satellite-based geo-data with innovative in situ sensors and developing related information services that answer needs of African stakeholders and the GEOSS community.

The concept is to create a systematic feedback loop to reciprocally validate in situ measurements and satellite data in one integrated model with over 500 in situ measurement stations using citizen science.

The state of the art advancement & innovation potential is building on and pushing further recent advances in sensor and communication technology to provide cheaper and more robust in situ measurements, covering a wider area at a higher resolution. TWIGA partners work with tech-hubs to feed creation and growth of European and African start-ups that develop business-ready sensors and geo-services, delivering complete value chains from sensor to customer-ready information.

Role of HydroLogic Research

The role of HydroLogic Research in this 4-year’s project is to further develop current HydroNET backend system to enable end-user software developers to easily connect to a wealth of monitoring, model and satellite big-data sets of meteorological variables across Africa. HydroLogic also guides partner organisations and third parties, in particular start-ups associated to the TWIGA initiative, to web-API calls of HydroNET and other online services. During developers’ days, hackathons and workshops software developers and in particular developers of mobile applications will be supported, using existing front-end applications as examples and first access points to big-data sources.

TWIGA is funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 776691.