The Africa Rainfall Project is a global collaboration led by Professor Nick van de Giesen of Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands.

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive university of technology in the Netherlands. With over 20,000 students and 2,700 scientists (including 400 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners, and companies from the small and medium business sectors.

Research Team

Nick van de Giesen

Professor, Delft University of Technology

Nick van de Giesen is the Van Kuffeler Chair of Water Resources Management of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology, Co-Director of, and Chair of the Delft Global Initiative. His main research interests are the measurement and modeling of complex water resources systems and the development of science-based decision support systems. Professor van de Giesen works towards the development of new observation techniques, both in situ and through satellites, as well as utilizing high performance computing.

He has held numerous editorships (including Water Resources Research and Hydrology and Earth System Sciences) and is currently Specialty Chief Editor for Hydrosphere for Frontiers in Geoscience. He has co-founded two spin-off companies and was recipient of the EGU's Darcy Medal.

Within the project, he will provide guidance for the analysis of the results.

Dr. Camille Le Coz

Researcher, Delft University of Technology

Camille Le Coz received her master’s degree in applied mathematics at the Delft University of Technology, her diplôme d'ingénieur from Ecole Centrale de Marseille in 2015, and her PhD in the Water Resources Management department at the Delft University of Technology, under the supervision of Nick van de Giesen. Her research is focused on improving rainfall estimates by merging numerical weather models with available observations.

Within the project, she is the main scientist preparing inputs and interpreting results.


Rick Hagenaars

Data Analyst and Software Developer, Delft University of Technology

Rick Hagenaars is a data analyst and software developer at Delft University of Technology and is primarily working on the TAHMO initiative which is developing a large-scale network of automated weather stations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He also supports research projects within the department of water management, specifically on IT-related challenges.

Within the Africa Rainfall Project, he is working on validating the weather forecast model results with ground observations that are available within the dataset of cleaned observations from The Weather Company.

John S. Selker

Professor, Oregon State University

John Selker is a Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University and co-director of both and His areas of expertise include instrumentation design, irrigation and water systems, and development projects. Professor Selker has worked in numerous countries, including Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Chile, Israel, Senegal, and England. He has founded a spin-off company related to his interests in instrumentation.

Professor Selker serves or has served in numerous editorial posts for many journals, including Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, and the Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and received the John Heim Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association.

Within the project, Professor Selker will provide general knowledge about the African climate and circulation.