New Delhi, January 29 (G’nY News Service): The very first automatic weather station (AWS) of Delhi University installed in Miranda House today, marked a huge stride in the scientific collection of real time weather data in the college, flagging off a weather programme that builds the capacity of the college to interpret climate anomalies, in the backdrop of climate extremes. A joint effort by the Physics and the Geography Department of the College, the weather station has been installed under the METKIDS programme of IRIS Publication Pvt. Ltd.
This unique initiative was heartily appreciated by Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda, the driving force behind the initiative, Dr Anindita Sarkar, Head, Geography Department, Miranda, who said that it would bring in new understanding of climatology not only amongst the students but amongst the faculty as well, and Mr Manas Kumar De, former scientist at IMD and Coordinator, METKIDS Progamme who were present at the inauguration of the station.
AWS is a part of METKIDS initiative by IRIS, which is aiming towards capturing the interest of budding weather enthusiasts with a view to make them aware of weather data in the light of possible climate change. The event saw positive participation by students as well as several teachers of the college.
AWS is an automatic version of the traditional weather station in order to save either human labour or enable measurement from remote areas as well. An AWS typically consists of a weatherproof enclosure containing the data logger, rechargeable battery, telemetry (optional) and meteorological sensors mounted upon a mast. The AWS has several sensors ranging from temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, pressure and rainfall. The data is fed through a Wi-Fi system to a data-logger, which then transmits it to the rest of the college through a LAN network.