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Automatic weather stations coming

Published:Friday | June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

AS CLIMATE change continues to impact various areas of society, the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change is hoping to acquire two automatic weather stations in a bid to enhance data-collection capacity at the Meteorological Services of Jamaica.

Colonel Oral Khan, chief technical director in the ministry, who was speaking with The Gleaner following plans that were outlined by Minister Robert Pickersgill during the Sectoral Debate in Parliament, said it is imperative that efficiency is maintained at all levels in order to build the resilience of the country.

"These stations had to be monitored manually; people had to go and read data that would cause delays in reporting, and if for any reason, people couldn't go to the station at a particular time, it presented challenges, which means you have missing data," he told The Gleaner.

The two automatic weather stations are to be acquired this year under a $27.5 million grant agreement with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre.