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Need for more tide gauges

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THERE is a need to set up more coastal inundation forecasting systems in the country.

According to the director of the Department of Meteorology Alipate Waqaicelua, there are only two tide gauges situated in Fiji.

A tide gauge is a device for measuring the change in sea level. Sensors continuously record the height of the water level with respect to a height reference surface close to the ocean's surface.

"These tide gauges are only in Lautoka and in Suva. There is hardly any infrastructure to monitor the impact of oceans on coasts as well as rivers on coasts," said Mr Waqaicelua during a workshop in Nadi yesterday.

He also revealed there was a need for river catchments.

"Even the river catchments we have in Ba, Nadi, Rewa and Navua, they have existing infrastructure that we are currently handling but we still have to build in Labasa and Sigatoka.

"These are major towns and major hotels are located in these towns.

"So while the existing infrastructure in Rewa, Nadi, Navua and Ba is used to monitor river levels, government will be targeting to install these systems in Labasa and Sigatoka."


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