Two weather stations were donated to the British Virgin Islands to replace those destroyed by Hurricane Irma. In a letter, the Department of Disaster Management confirms that they are fully operational
The CIMA Research Foundation has long been operating in the Caribbean area. Between 2010 and 2014, it had collaborated with the Italian National Department of Civil Protection, the Carribean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and UNDP Barbados, within the ERC (Enhancing Resilience to reduce vulnerability in the Caribbean) project, to create a support network for the monitoring and management of extreme events.
Thanks to the excellent collaboration with the various civil protection departments involved in the project, in 2014, CIMA Research Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Disaster Management of the British Virgin Islands.
In September 2017, a strong hurricane called Irma, hit the Caribbean islands – and in particular the British Virgin Islands. In addition to devastating the archipelago, the hurricane destroyed the entire weather station network. Under the agreement signed, two ACRONET weather stations were donated to replace those lost during the hurricane. These stations were installed in the first half of 2018: each one contains an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hygrobarometer (for measuring temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure).
Now, as part of the ordinary activities of the British Virgin Islands Civil Protection, the Department of Disaster Management confirms in a letter the full operation of the system, also specifying the usefulness of the system that, in August 2018, has allowed to monitor the heavy rains that have spilled over the territory and whose data, integrated with those provided by the meteorological services of the islands Antigua and Barbuda, have allowed to effectively inform the population on areas most at risk.