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.
Few places on Earth are served worse with geo-information than Africa. At the same time, the potential value of geo-information services in Africa is extremely large. TWIGA’s overarching ambition is to fill this information gap by first enhancing satellite-based geodata with innovative in situ sensors and development of actionable information services based on this geodata.
The project ambition was to fill this information gap by first enhancing satellite-based geodata with innovative in situ sensors and development of actionable information services based on this geodata. This ambitious goal was achieved thanks to recent advances in sensor and communication technology, as well as new sensing platforms such as UAVs and citizens’ observatories. A defining characteristic of TWIGA’s ambition was that the project developed complete value chains and not just links in that chain. The scientific activities led to new products, such as maps of precipitable water vapor, energy fluxes, and crop development. Combinations of in situ observations, satellite products, and models will be well beyond the state-of-the-art, not just in Africa but for any continent.
In 2018, the TWIGA Project received funding from the EU Horizon2020.
The aim was to transform weather water data into value-added information services.
The Initiative is aimed at continuing and expanding the legacy already established by the TWIGA H2020 project.
Science grade products have been delivered to GEOSS and, where appropriate, Copernicus. These new geo-products, combined with existing data from GEOSS and Copernicus, have fed the development of information feeds that end-users can act upon.
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