Dominica Meteorological Service pursuing climate resilience as it observes World Meteorological Day

Dominica joins the rest of the world in observance of ‘World Meteorological Day’ today.

World Meteorological Day is observed every year on March 23 to highlight the importance of the role that people and their behaviour play in protecting Earth’s atmosphere. The day also commemorates the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which is an intergovernmental body, on March 23, 1950.

“The first step in building resilience to extreme weather and climate events is the establishment of a robust network of observational stations to provide the data to support forecasting and early warnings for extreme weather and climate events,” Acting Senior Meteorological Officer, Marshall Alexander said in a statement.

According to him early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction.

“It can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic and material impacts of hazardous events,” Alexander stated.

He went on to say that with the support of the government of Dominica, upgrade is on the way through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) with the aim to contribute to building resilience to the impact of weather, climate and water through the development of a national hydrometrical network and the construction of a new building for the Dominica Meteorological Service, “all leading to the service becoming climate resilient.”

The theme of World Meteorological Day 2021 is “The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather.”

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