John Selker: "The TAHMO Model for African Climate Observation. The Science, Politics, and Business of Sustainable Observation”
John Selker, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering (27 years) and co-Director of both CTEMPs.org and TAHMO.org, and PI of the OPEnS Lab (Open-Sensing.org) has worked USA, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Chile, and England and carried out research in Chile, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, China, and 10 European countries. He served as editor of Water Resources Research. Published 185 peer-reviewed articles on hydrological science, with expertise in physical hydrology and instrumentation. In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and 2013 received the John Hem Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association.
Current weather forecasts in Africa are largely unavailable and otherwise unreliable. Selker will discuss his work to establish real-time reporting weather stations in sub-Saharan Africa, including the instrumentation of 500 stations in 20 African countries. TAHMO aspires to place 20,000 low-cost weather stations across Africa to make it the most densely observed continent on earth. Selker also will review the TAHMO.org school-to-school educational program (School2School.net) designed to help inspire the next generation of climate scientists in Africa through observations made directly at their school, while providing a safe place to locate the weather stations.