By: Caribbean Business Report
21st century technology will soon improve the work of TheSaint Lucia Met Service and the Water Resource Management Agency (WRMA).
The development of a Hydromet Portal is an initiative of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). The online platform allows users to collect, archive, visualize and share hydrometeorological data. This data can forecast the amount of rain and its effect on specific areas.
Information Systems Manager of The WRMA Luther Tyson, says the new system would add support to his organisation and to the Saint Lucia Meteorological Service. Information Systems Manager of The WRMA Luther Tyson Hydrologist of CIMA, Dr. Alessandro Masoero
“Met services and WRMA are at the top of the early warning system or information chain if you will because we are the data providers. We provide the information and the data upon which decisions are made. In that regard it is important that we are able to provide that information in a timely manner so the purpose of the system is to basically speed up the access to that information to our partners like NEMO who is basically responsible for the communication when it comes to declaring a disaster or instructing persons of the general public what they should be doing,” Tyson explains.
Users of the system were treated to a 5-day training session towards the end of March.
Hydrologist of CIMA, Dr. Alessandro Masoero explains the twofold objective of the Hydro met Portal. “The first one is to allow and enable the two agencies, the weather resource management agency and the Met Services to work together to share the weather and water information”.