Training focuses on maintenance and calibration of meteorological instruments

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama. Picture: FT FILE/Supplied

IN A bid to better understand the maintenance and calibration of meteorological instruments, a training course continues tomorrow attended by representatives from around the region in Nadi.

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama said it had been identified that in order to obtain raw data of a high quality and up to World Meteorological Organization(WMO) and International Civil Aviation Organization standards calibration, maintenance and repair of all instruments and equipment must be carried out on a systematic and synchronised method.

Mr Bainimarama said the partnership between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) had largely been in the area of improving the delivery of weather and climate services in the South West Pacific region.

“We are very fortunate that the partnership between JICA and FMS started many years back and the series of training sessions and grant aid has greatly assisted FMS to grow into the regional organisation,” the PS said.

He added the current four-year project, which was launched in late 2014, would continue until this year.

“This will be done of course to enhance the capabilities of National Meteorological Services’ (NMS) service delivery in terms of knowledge and skills gained through training from experts,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The course places special emphasis on hands-on exercises by use of the instruments brought-in from the participating countries and the calibration units of FMS.

The training will conclude on October 5.

More Stories