Using citizen science we have been able to listen to the end-users to know how best to serve.
This has led to the development of 13 well tailored services.

12 of these well tailored services have been made available to the public and we have recorded several success stories.

How humid is my environment?

This service provides farmers, or farm-input providers, with advice on when irrigation is needed and when spraying for certain diseases is needed. Advice is sent via a mobile application estimating how wet the soil is in four classes: Dry, Moist, Very moist, Saturated.

Map your crop

Drones (Flying Sensors) unobtrusively inspect fields and inform farmers about crop status, allowing them to detect changes that cannot be readily identified at the ground level. This include assessment of water status, water stress effects, and more

Your local and timely weather forecast

This service provides localized weather forecasts, ranging from 10-day to near real-time, to improve (the timing of) agricultural practices. In-situ observations facilitate the provision of accurate local information and (in combination with mobile apps) timely delivery to the farmer.

Soil Index for crop insurance

This crop insurance product will utilize soil moisture conditions for pay-outs instead of only rainfall (this will include yield and germination insurance). The soil moisture will be determined using satellites, soil moisture probes, and DTS (distributed temperature sensing) in 2 pilot locations (Districts) in Northern Ghana.

Digital Platform

The Digital Platform is for dissemination and receiving data to and from farmers. AI data such as rainfall, yield, or soil moisture content data from TWIGA partners will be sent through the platform to the farmers’ mobile phones. The farmers will be able to send the size of their farm and more from their mobile phones to the platform.

Short term prediction for solar energy

This service develops a short-term prediction for the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface, by extrapolating cloud movements and daily cloud formation patterns. This product will allow solar power operators to determine the efficiency of power generation for a period of 1-3 days in advance.

Does it drain

The clogging of waterways increases the risk of flooding. This risk increases in urban areas, where there is a concentration of vulnerable people, infrastructure, possible obstacles (bridges), and waste. This early warning service, therefore, contributes to disaster risk reduction. The service is based on a combination of in situ observations, citizens’ observations, and a model

Water Balance

In South Africa, where drought is very common, insight into water availability is crucial for water managers. Water managers need tools to easily investigate the volumetric dynamics of dam-lakes, the most important freshwater reservoirs in the area. By creating real-time water balances, the most basic tool of a hydrologist, water managers can learn more about their most important water reservoirs and anticipate water scarcity.

International Water Control Room

This service provides a water control room with shared country weather- and water-related data in order to internationally manage shared catchments. The service will consist of a dashboard functionality with the ability to configure traffic-light maps, graphs, and other relevant visualizations.

Emergency Management: EWS for heavy rains

This early warning system service on flooding in plain areas and settlements in urban areas focuses on Narok County in southwestern Kenya. It involves the collection of in-situ observations and development and provision of weather information for monitoring and forecasting urban flooding to improve the resilience of local communities living in the area.

Heat Stress Indices - Livestock

Heat stress indices (HIS) combine the effects of both temperature and relative humidity, and are classified into alert, danger, and emergency zones.

Drought Monitoring

InfoSequia is the Drought Early Warning and Forecasting System developed by FutureWater to support the decision-making and risk management of drought impacts.

GNSS for flood plains & Atmospheric Moisture

One drawback of mapping floodplains with UAVs is that one needs accurately known ground-control points. For accurate mapping, a network of GNSS base stations is needed that is not available in most African countries. With the recent advent of high accuracy mass-produced GNSS receivers (dual frequency), it has become possible to greatly reduce the costs of GNSS base stations. We will pilot this service around Kumasi, Ghana.

Drought Monitoring

InfoSequia is the Drought Early Warning and Forecasting System developed by FutureWater to support the decision-making and risk management of drought impacts.