$1.8 Million for Weather Project


A sum of $1.8 million has been allocated to the Carib-HYCOS Project, which is being executed by the Water Resources Authority.
Funded by the Government and the European Union (EU), the programme aims to provide a database for improved forecasting of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, storms and floods.
The funds will be spent on training for staff in data acquisition, validation for ground and surface water, water database maintenance/quality control and upgrading of two gauging stations with real time equipment.
This is set out in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.
Its objectives also include: the upgrading of gauging stations with real time equipment as part of a regional Hydrological Cycle Observation System (HYCOS) ; to provide training for staff in data acquisition, validation for ground and surface water, database maintenance and management/quality control, rating curves and web-maintenance and Hydrological Information System; the installation and maintenance of a hydrometric network and the establishment of hydrological expertise and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Early Warning System.
So far under the programme, parties have been identified and trained in IWRM and invitation of tenders for the procurement of equipment to facilitate the rehabilitation and installation of the stream flow gauge and rainfall gauge, respectively, have been put forward.
The project, which started in April 2009, has been extended until February 2012.

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