TEMBO – Transformative Environmental Monitoring to Boost Observations in Africa

The aim of the TEMBO-project is to set up cost-effective innovative sensor networks that can be financed by climate services built on top of these networks. Rainfall, soil moisture, river flow and bathymetry - these essential hydrological variables can be measured at less than 10% of current costs, using the new methods developped in the project.  Reduced costs are necessary for a realistic business model for services through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. The EU-funded TEMBO Africa project will design cost-effective sensor networks (financed by climate services). Specifically, the project will raise technology readiness levels and improve the practical applicability of these methods. By directly linking sensors and new value-creating services, the project will ensure long-term financial sustainability. For the African market, in particular, the project will develop flood early warning systems, reservoir management and crop germination insurance services. (



Supported by BayFOR:

Research Focus:

  • Water / Sanitation / Hydrology

Project Coordination:

Delft University of Technology
(TU Delft)

Project Partner:

Ghana Insurers Association
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya
SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH & Co. KG
Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory
University for Development Studies
University of Zambia


Germany (Bavaria), Ghana, Kenya, Zambia

Funding Agency:

European Union (EU)

Funding Type:

Horizon Europe (HEU)


- 31/01/2027