Georgia: The Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture, Otar Shamugia, together with Deputy Minister Nino Tandilashvili and the Acting Head of the National Environment Agency Teimuraz Mtivlishvili, inspected the new calibration laboratory of meteorological measuring instruments.
“One of the priority areas of environmental policy is to improve the monitoring network for the identification of natural disasters and the establishment of early warning systems. Important steps have been taken in these directions. Throughout the country, we already have meteorological radars of modern standards, which can be used to determine the amount and intensity of precipitation throughout Georgia; Forecast information on possible natural disasters caused by them is processed and timely delivered to the relevant agencies. “From now on, a calibration laboratory equipped with the latest calibration equipment will ensure the proper operation of meteorological measuring devices in accordance with the standard,” Otar Shamugia said.
At present, there are 160 hydrometeorological observation points in the country. With the financial support of the Green Climate Fund, the current project, “Expansion of the Multiple Threat Warning System and the Use of Climate Information in Georgia” within this, the expansion of the observation network is envisaged. By 2024, the number of hydrometeorological stations and checkpoints across the country will exceed 300 units.
These stations aim to measure meteorological and hydrological parameters in different parts of the country and their distribution at both national and international levels. Most stations are fully automated and require regular maintenance/calibration work.
A new calibration laboratory, fully equipped with the latest calibration equipment, provides planned calibration of hydrometeorological stations located throughout the country, which will increase the quality of measurement of atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity, as well as minimize the error of measurements of hydrometeorological parameters.