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Meteorology Going Digital

The Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi has turned to a more digital era after receiving more than $400,000 worth of refurbished equipment. The installed Data Rescue and Digitalisation equipment is
14 Nov 2014 07:57
Meteorology Going Digital
Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua (left), with new equipment at the FMS centre at Namaka, Nadi. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

The Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi has turned to a more digital era after receiving more than $400,000 worth of refurbished equipment.

The installed Data Rescue and Digitalisation equipment is expected to make work easier for the staff at the centre.

The Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Francis Kean, said: “This was a much needed exercise of digitising all of our documents that have been dated back to the 1940s. It is very important that this data be kept available because it is a good reference material,” Mr Kean said.

“We are very grateful to the Government for the financial assistance in collaboration with the New Zealand’s Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to making this possible.”

The equipment consists of high-end, commercial, A0-size scanners, fast processing capacity PCs and robust servers. Installed last week, the equipment was purchased solely for the rescue and digitisation of FMS weather, climate and hydrological historical data that dates back to the 19th century.

Director Alipate Waqaicelua said they were happy to receive the aid from the Government and NIWA.

“We are very fortunate to have received the upgrade from the government and NIWA for their initiative towards the centre,” Mr Waqaicelua said.

Mr Waqaicelua said they  would build an archive to store documents on weather patterns.

Feedback:  varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 




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