Mobiles to boost Africa climate data
June 18th, 2009

The BBC is reporting that a partnership between humanitarian groups and mobile phone companies may be set-up to fill gaps for reporting weather and climate data:

The project aims to deploy 5,000 automatic weather stations across the continent mounted on phone masts.

They will gather data on aspects of weather such as rainfall and wind, and send it to national weather agencies.

Former UN chief Kofi Annan says the project could help save lives of people on “the frontlines of climate change”.

“The world’s poorest are also the world’s most vulnerable when it comes to the impact of climate change, and the least equipped to deal with its consequences,” he said.

“Today you find cell phone towers in almost every part of Africa. We have never been able to establish weather monitoring on that scale, until now.”

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