Schools and Satellites (SaS) Lecture and Workshop

19 December 2019 12:30 till 14:00 - Location: TU Delft Library (Room 21.0.34)

Learn more about the project Schools and Satellites & build your own rain gauge

The project Schools and Satellites (SaS) helps to better quantify and understand rainfall patterns in Ghana in West Africa. Understanding rainfall patterns is critical for water management anywhere. In West Africa, rain gauges (ground-based measurements) are few and far between and current rainfall estimates from satellites for the region are very inaccurate.

The goal of SaS is to use machine learning to improve these precipitation estimates from satellites; ground-based precipitation measurements  from Smartphones4Water will be utilized in training and verification of the machine-learning algorithm developed. Their classic 1.5-liter bottle rain gauges will be distributed to schools in Ghana, which will record local precipitation data using smartphones. To help the project, TU Delft Library and Science Centre are collecting old smartphones that will be distributed in Ghana: https://www.tudelft.nl/library/over-the-library/tu-delft-library-presenteert/smartphones-for-water/

During this lunch lecture and workshop you will learn more about the project Schools and Satellites and how to build your own rain gauge.

Program

  • Introduction to Schools and Satellites, including a small overview of the algorithm that will be built. The Smartphones4Water speakers involved are Sandra de Vries and PhD-fellow Monica Estebanez Camarena.
  • Explain in detail more about the manual measurements and ways of validation with the camera using smartphones and ODK kit
  • Q&A
  • Workshop: Make your own S4W rain gauge. Due to limited materials there will be a first come, first serve signup sheet at the lecture to participate in the immediately following workshop. 

The event is in collaboration with the student organization Green TU.The lunch lecture and workshop have a free entrance. A sandwich will be provided.

We hope to welcome you in the Library!