February 21, 2013

Mobile masts could help measure rain and chill vaccines

Mobile-phone masts in Africa could be used for other development initiatives, such as filling gaps in rainfall data and providing electricity to refrigerate vaccines, experts say.

For example, masts could be used to measure rainfall in areas without rain gauges, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this month.

[SciDev Net via @jranck]

Link to research paper published in PNAS February 4, 2013: Country-wide rainfall maps from cellular communication networks - Edited by Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California, Irvine, CA, and accepted by the Editorial Board December 8, 2012 (received for review October 16, 2012)

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