Rwanda: Rwanda trains radar engineers

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A dozen radar engineers and operators recruited by Rwanda Meteorological Department are undergoing a one-week training to equip them with knowledge and skills on the interpretation and application of the newly introduced Doppler weather radar products and technology in the country.

The Rwanda Metropolitan Department said on Thursday that the training, the first of its kind in the country, which started on Wednesday, is being attended by pilots and traffic controllers at Kigali International airport.

More especially, these engineers will be trained on interpretation and utilization of wind shear data from equipment installed at the airport.

Climate experts argue that while teaching radar engineers on the use of the new technology, tremendous advances would be achieved by the tiny East African nation in the
operational weather forecasting which requires rapid circulation of data in real to near‐real-time.

Currently African national meteorological departments have free access to some global model products through Eumetcast or Internet in a move to facilitate the operational weather forecasting. However, these countries are facing challenges related to the lack of
training to catch up with new tools.
-0- PANA TWA/MA 5Oct2017

05 october 2017 08:50:05

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