The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has set to unveil a Doppler weather system to monitor weather up to 400 kilometres.
The Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Mansur Bako, made this known at the presentation of a 3-year Multi-Scale Flooding Monitoring and Assessment Services for West Africa (MiFMASS), to reduce risks and manage flood disasters.
The presentation of the service was carried out by the Centre for Space Science Technology and Education (CSSTE), Ile-Ife, an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in Abuja.
The programme was aim at providing Earth Observation (EO) based services on near real time basis to disaster management organisations and strength their human capacity to adapt to the services.
Bako, who was represented by Director of Engineering and Technology Services, Bashir Sahaad, said, the agency was moving from its conventional ways of monitoring weather to more automatic means.
“In the past, our conventional method of monitoring weather can only cover a scope of five kilometres.
“Presently, we are deploying an automatic system called Awawods on a monitor and now we are coming up with a Doppler Weather Radar System.
“The Doppler Weather Radar system has the capacity to monitor weather up to 400 kilometres.’’
He also said that the system would be officially unveiled in December and would be strategically installed in Kano, Port-Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos, in a gear to cover the whole country.
He added that the systems was already operational in Port-Harcourt and Abuja.