By Sandun Jayawardana
Sri Lanka has abandoned an initiative to use satellite technology during natural disasters, leaving Rs 72 million worth of equipment unused for four years before finally dismantling it, the Auditor General (AG) has found. The project was initiated in 2011 and given up despite the country facing severe natural disasters in previous years, states the latest report of the AG on the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). The DMC found out that the satellite technology equipment was not compatible with its other systems, only when the full system was installed.
The DMC Director General admitted to the AG that the equipment was bought without first conducting a proper study. The project’s nerve centre was an Information Communication Centre (ICC) established in Padukka under the International Centre for Emergency Techniques based in the Netherlands. Continue reading Weather monitoring: Equipment worth Rs. 72m gone with the wind
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Originally Published in the Sunday Times
The Meteorology (Met) Department’s 200 million rupee Doppler radar installed in 2011 has not been used and parts of it are now being sent back to the US manufacturer for repairs. The matter has been raised by the Auditor General’s Department which points out that, even though the Met Department is constantly criticised over the inaccuracy of its weather forecasts, the Doppler radar system established at Deniyaya has not been used to gather information even as at August this year.
Met Department Director General L. Chandrapala said the Doppler radar experienced technical issues after its installation. “Some of the parts of the radar have to be repaired,” he said. “They are not simple ones, they are heavy parts and we are working now on sending them back to the manufacturer in the US.”
Continue reading Unpredictable weather but hi-tech radar in cold storage
13 Jul 2009
Original Article: Link
REPORT from Government of Sri Lanka
The existing meteorological observation maintained by the Department of Meteorology consists of manually operated meteorological instruments. The communication system connecting these network sites to the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) in Colombo too is far from adequate and hence the availability of real time information at the NMC particularly during the bad weather periods is unsatisfactory resulting in difficulties with weather forecasting. Due to these reason, Department of Meteorology considers that improvement of its meteorological network is of vital national importance.
Continue reading Sri Lanka: The project for improvement of meteorological and disaster information network for Sri Lanka – Automatic Weather Station (AWS) project