Prototype automatic weather station installed at LRD

Prototype automatic weather station installed at LRD
Automatic Weather Station installed at LRD, Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/19/2019 11:23:47 AM IST

To obtain accurate weather data in the state, the Land Resources department (LRD) has built a prototype automatic weather station (AWS) and installed it at the directorate here.

LRD joint director Albert Ngullie told Nagaland Post Monday that the AWS would mainly benefit planners and the implementing agencies that were engaged in Argi and allied sectors.

Ngullie said that manual rain gauges were installed in about 30 places in the state, but that was not accurate and not reliable because of human error. He said this necessitated the department to develop the AWS, which has less human intervention and more reliable.

Ngullie disclosed that AWS was expected to be officially launched towards the end of 2019. He said the department intends to install the same in all district headquarters, sub-divisions and RD blocks to collect accurate weather data, such as rainfall, humidity, temperature, wind speed, sunshine duration/meter etc.

Ngullie said AWS works on Global System of Mobile (GMS)/EDGE/2G network and did not require internet connectivity. AWS has an inbuilt battery which gets charged from mounted solar panels that could back up the system for a week on cloudy days.

The joint director said that data was collected over a period of 24 hours and was sent to the server daily. He said the data was also saved on the onboard MicroSD card for backup purposes in yearly sub-folders with separate monthly files.

According to Ngullie, AWS that was available in the market costs Rs. 2.5 lakh on delivery, but the custom built machine costs hardly Rs. 1 lakh with same functionalities.

He informed that the rainfall data would be placed in public domain once it was officially launched through the department website.

Technical expert (IT) Richard Dawman, who constructed and built the machine, said the department was currently doing research and developing from the scratch. He said that for now the AWS was functioning perfectly, adding that if modification was required they would continue to work on it.

With the central government focusing to solve the water scarcity issue in the country, Dawman said the department was on the task to see how much impact AWS would have on water projects. He also said AWS could be used as a benchmark tool for water project. 

LRD director, T Renben Lotha, said that there was a need for management of the existing resources in the state, adding that AWS was installed to understand the climatic conditions in the state to take up different activities.


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