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Weather services on par

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, March 30, 2014

FIJI'S meteorological services continue to be on par with the rest of the developed world, says the Director of Meteorology, Alipate Waqaicelua.

In an interview at the World Meteorological Day 2014 celebration on Friday, Mr Waqaicelua said the nature of meteorological work in Fiji meant they had to keep updating their technologies and their skills in the field if they were to continue serving the people of Fiji.

"We have to sustain this trend to ensure that Fiji is well informed about what's coming in the future and because of that, we have to keep on testing new sets of technology," he said.

"And that's going to require new sets of skills and competencies for staff so we need to always continue to improve their competencies and skills on what's happening now and also what's going to be happening in the future."

Mr Waqaicelua said they would continue to invest in upskilling and re-training their staff members about global technological advances and how to best use them locally. He said purchasing new technology was equally as important.

"Fiji is investing in cutting edge tech, in fact meteorology the world over engages cutting edge technology and the reason I say that is because there are a lot of advancements in technology related to the measurements of weather, climate and hydrology.

"So these are now available in Fiji, which makes Fiji on par with any other developed nation in the world as far as MET is concerned."

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