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Government Invests $896K For Weather Data Storage

Government has realised the importance of maintaining and storing data pertaining to climate patterns that goes as far back as the 1880s. In a bid to ensure the proper storage
24 Feb 2019 14:20
Government Invests $896K For Weather Data Storage
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service Jone Usamate (seated sixth from left) and the Tui Nadi, Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci (seated fourth from right) with staff members of the Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi on February 22, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Government has realised the importance of maintaining and storing data pertaining to climate patterns that goes as far back as the 1880s.

In a bid to ensure the proper storage of such data, the Government has invested $896,000 for the construction of the Meteorological Archives Building. Opening the Fiji Meteorological Services Archives Building at Newtown in Nadi on Friday, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, Jone Usamate, said the investment was a show of the Government’s commitment towards better record keeping and management.

“Better record keeping and management is important for storing valuable information,” he said.

“Government has not only done this for the Fiji Met Services, but also for the National Archives of Fiji. This is a testament that we value the records that we have and we need to ensure proper storage over

time. This facility will ensure that historical records of meteorological data are securely stored for use by current and future generations.

“The onus is now on the Fiji Met Services to ensure the safekeeping and maintenance of this important Government investment,” he said.

The minister said that the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) had a huge archive of weather data, dating back to the early 1900s and as far back as the 1880s.

“This long span of historical weather records is important in making accurate climatological

predictions. Meteorological data are exceptionally important for weather forecasting.

Mr Usamate said the country was vulnerable to extreme weather events, such as severe tropical cyclones, heavy rainfall events, droughts and floods which continue to wreak havoc on society and the economy. He said it was important to invest in early warning systems to help Fijians prepare well for these natural hazards.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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