Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department

New digital dataset improves accuracy and quality of Vanuatu's climate data

The digitised data includes parameters such as rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, and visibility.

Most of the data digitised was taken from paper records for weather stations and is suitable for calculating long term climate trends, which require a minimum of 30 years of data to be included in computer climate models.

VanKIRAP Climatologist Neil Molosu said data digitization and quality controls contribute towards improving coverage, accuracy, and quality of climate information services (CIS) tools used by VMGD.

Vanuatu Meteorological to digitalise its records

The department has acquired a new digital scanner, the first of its kind in the country reports the Daily Post.

Director of VMGD, Montin Romone, who launched the equipment said it is eco-friendly, ergonomic, easy to operate and delivers professional image results.

 “The plan is to digitise 100 percent of VMGD observation data, then we will work with other government agencies such as the Department of Water Resources, to rescue hydrological data for river catchment areas across Vanuatu,” he said.

Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department launches new Call Centre

The Call Centre is established in the National Warning Centre within VMGD with the support of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and is currently being used for official warning services.

The Call Centre number is 116.