The Papua New Guinea National Weather Service, in collaboration with the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, is embarking on this exercise.
With funding support from UNDP’s Adaption Funds, the National Weather Service has already installed instruments at the Bumbu River in Lae City and upgraded several other weather monitoring gadgets at Nadzab Airport, Morobe Province.
Assistant director for Forecasting and Warning Centre at the National Weather Service, Jimmy Gomoga, says they now want to do away with all the manual instruments.
The new instruments for monitoring weather will be linked with the satellite and/or the communication towers.
Gomoga says this will see daily data directly sent to their office from observation centres for monitoring and record keeping.
The data collected at the major rivers will assist the office to issue flood warnings to those living alongside rivers.
He said Lae is the first to have the instruments already up and running last year at Bumbu River, with data now directly received at the National Weather Office in Port Moresby.
River gages were set up to monitor rainfall along the river and the height of the water.
Similar instruments will be set up at Ramu River, Waghi River and Sepik River.
All these will be done this year.
If this project is successful, it will be the first for PNG to have a well-documented flood monitoring data system.
(Picture: PNG National Disaster Centre)