Transformative Environmental Monitoring to
Boost Observations in Africa

Our Objective

Our ambition is to close the environmental in situ data gap in Africa. To fulfill this ambition our general objective is to have cost-effective innovative sensor networks that can be financed by the climate services we develop using these sensors. First, we build on recent sensor technology to make measurements cost-efficient. Then, applications are de­veloped that generate large socio-economic value in the fields of geo-hazards, water management, and agricultural information

Our Services

The three service clusters started with the rapid development of focus services. These services allow concrete business development by giving customers tangible actionable information

Flood Early Warning Systems

Volcanic eruptions (Virungas) are uncommon in Africa, but water-related geo-hazards such as mudslides, droughts, coastal erosion, subsidence, dust storms, tropical cyclones, and floods are particularly common. Sensors placed in TEMBO Africa sites will aid in reducing geohazard effects, particularly through longer-term monitoring and the creation of early warning systems.

Reservoir Management

Water management is a rather broad area, running from irrigation and drainage to flood con­trol. We focus first on reservoir management as willingness and ability to pay are large.

Agricultural information

The single greatest industry in terms of employment in Africa is agriculture. Despite the increased urbanization, 667 million people, or 59% of the world's population, still reside in rural areas, and this figure is rising. Africa is home to more than 60% of the world's uncultivated arable land, and there is no other continent where the difference between actual and potential production is as high. We can encourage farmers to grow more if they are insured. This service is about germination insurance.

How it Works ?

In summary, TEMBO Africa :

Reuse as much as possible existing software platforms, avoiding inefficient use of resources, making use of the advantages of what is there (robust data flows in AgroApps platform; controlled data access and visualisation in TWIGA platform, etc.)

Use data standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium, to ensure easy data exchange with GEOSS and Coper­nicus

Use standard APIs and formats to develop scalable and modular Lego®-like elements for all services.

Our Partners





HCP International

Ghana Insurance Association (GIA)


University for Development Studies

Geomatic Research & Developments SRL (GReD)


SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH&Co.KG

University of Zambia