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Jun 14, 2012

$2.5m Meteorlogical Urveilance Radar Inaugurated


H. E John Mahama, Vice-President says, Ghanaians can now enjoy reliable and accurate weather forecasts and warnings from the Meteorological Agency (GMet) from the acquisition of 2.5 million dollar surveillance radar.

 

He said it covers an area of up to 300 kilometers radius from Accra, adding that the weather systems within this range will be effectively monitored by the experts.

Mr. Mahama disclosed this in Accra, saying that the facility, which comes with two supporting Automatic Weather Observation Systems (AWS), to be installed at Navrongo and Wa in the Upper East and Upper West regions, respectively, will also ensure safety of the country’s airspace to support the airline industry.

According to him, the facilities will help to improve safety on the Volta Lake and thus enhance the accuracy of weather forecast over the lake and its catchment areas.

Mr. Mahama urged officials of the GMet to ensure effective maintenance of the radar to ensure that the taxpayer derived maximum benefit from the investment.

Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications, on his part appealed to telecommunications companies to partner the GMet in providing weather forecast and information to Ghanaians, as part of their corporate social responsibility.

He said it is government’s desire to expand the radius from 300 to 500 kilometers to cover the entire country.

The radar, procured from Vaisala, a Finnish firm, is also critical for the effective management of water resources, hydro-power generation, agricultural production, and for the safety of oil prospecting and production platforms.

Source: ISD