Maldives Meteorological Services (Met Office) has received six automatic weather stations under a project run by the Ministry of Environment funded by the Green Climate Fund.
The weather stations will increase the weather network of the Maldives and were donated under the “Supporting Vulnerable Communities in the Maldives to Climate Change Induced Water Shortages. The weather stations will be established in six different regions of the country.
The stations were supplied by an Italian company with a total price of EUR 119,200. The establishment of the stations was awarded to Maxstar Maldives for a price total of MVR 2.97 million.
The Ministry stated that the stations will assist in forecasting weather and finding solutions for water shortages by identifying changes to weather patterns and rainfall. The stations will also assist in covering the data gaps between weather stations currently established across the nation.
The Ministry also specified that the weather stations are to be established in the islands of R. Alifushi, R. Dhuvaafaru, F. Billedhdhoo, Sh. Komandoo, A. Dh. Mahibadhoo, and S. Hulhumeedhoo.