Rainfall and soil data in the dry lowlands of PNG can now be accessed with the recent installation of a rain gauge and weather station at NARI’s Southern Regional Centre at Laloki in mid February, courtesy of the EUARD project.
NARI Scientist John Demerua set-up an automatic metero station and rain gauge all automated to a data logger. The instruments will collect data on rainfall and soil temperature and soil moisture to support interventions under the project.
Similarly, another rain gauge was set up in Gizo, Solomon Islands, by Mr Demerua and a Meteorological Officer from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).
In Gizo and Honiara, Mr Demerua and a NARI team met with officers from the Solomon Islands Met office and MAL. Among issues discussed was the ownership and data collection regarding the automatic rain gauges.