Hydro-Meteorological Monitoring in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency installed 8 (Bo, Kenema, Koidu, Mokaba, Rogberi, Kabala, Makeni and Wilberforce) sophisticated automatic weather stations (AWS) in 2016 that now play the central role in the agency’s observing network. These AWS have been installed and maintained by Earth Networks through an approach being promoted in the UNDP’s Programme on CIRDA, which exploits the capabilities of the latest generation of smart, integrated, all-in-one (AIO) AWS.
Four (4) oceanographic monitoring stations (OMS) have been established at Tagrin, Government Wharf, Shenge and Bonthe and linked to an on-premise server at the SLMet head office in Freetown. All monitoring stations use 3G cellular data to automatically transmit data to the on-premise server via ADCON Telemetry gateway. The data is obtained either as pdf or csv.
SLMet has installed Sixty (60) rainfall stations in different locations across the country and are linked to an on-premise server at their head quarter in Freetown. For data transmission all the rainfall stations use 3G cellular data to automatically transmit data to the on-premise server via ADCON Telemetry gateway. The data is obtained either as pdf or csv.
Also added to the OMS and the rainfall monitoring stations the institution have Eight (8) agrometeorological station which are not linked to the head office on-premise server. Data from these agrometeorological station are manually obtained as print outs (hard copy).
The NWRMA have twenty-five (25) surface and ten (10) groundwater monitoring stations in different locations across the country. These automatic monitoring stations are linked to an on-premise server at the NWRMA head office in Freetown.Automatic Weather Stations