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Transformative Environmental Monitoring to Boost Observations in Africa

Objective

Objective: Set up cost effective innovative sensor networks that can be financed by climate services built on top of these networks.

Concept: Transformative new methods to measure five essential hydrological variables (rainfall, soil moisture, river flow, bathymetry) at less than 10% of current costs. These reduced costs are essential to have realistic business models for services that cover the costs of building and operating the networks. The five essential variables will be available through GEOSS.

Innovation: Seven new sensing methods will be introduced in Africa. The innovation does not focus only on moving up Technology Readiness Levels of new measuring methods but, especially, on the usefulness and practical applicability of these methods in the specific contexts. The direct linkage of sensors and new value-creating services is part of this innovation because this is essential for long-term financial sustainability. New services assimilate in situ and satellite data in numerical models to make optimal use of strengths of different sources of information.

Knowledge of the African market: Building on earlier research-oriented projects and on experience in development of geo-services in Africa, in-depth knowledge of the opportunities and limitations of the African market is widely available within the consortium. Selection of focus services was based on this knowledge. These focus services are Flood Early Warning Systems, reservoir management, and crop germination insurance. These have been selected as the most promising services in the broader climate-oriented areas of geo-hazards, water management, and agricultural information.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Net EU contribution
€ 686 152,50
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (11)

NOORT HARMANNUS
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 161 552,12
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 69 236,63
TRANS-AFRICAN HYDRO-METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 383 496,25
AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS IKE
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 308 437,50
Address
34 Koritsas Str.
551 33 Thessaloniki

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 132 187,50
MICROSTEP-MIS SPOL SRO
Slovakia
Net EU contribution
€ 206 038,88
Address
Cavojskeho 1
84104 Bratislava

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Slovensko Bratislavský kraj Bratislavský kraj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 88 302,37
GEOMATICS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 180 031,25
Address
Via Cavour 2
22074 Lomazzo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Como
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 77 156,25
WINSEMIUS HESSEL CONSTANTIJN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 156 628,50
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 67 126,50
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 190 545,00
Address
Nhif Building, Ragati Road
Nairobi

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
Net EU contribution
€ 154 172,50
Address
Great East Road Campus
10101 Lusaka

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SEBA HYDROMETRIE GMBH CO KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 203 000,00
Address
Gewerbestrasse 61a
87600 Kaufbeuren

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Schwaben Kaufbeuren, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 87 000,00
UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Ghana
Net EU contribution
€ 150 722,50
Address
Po Box Tl 1350
Tamale

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
GHANA INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
Ghana
Net EU contribution
€ 159 145,00
Other funding
€ 0,00