The Institute designed a Course on Instruments Maintenance and Calibration (CIMC) for the African Region at the request of WMO, which ran from mid-September to mid-October. The course focussed on the science of measurement, siting of meteorological instruments, care and maintenance of basic and automatic meteorological instruments, calibration of meteorological instruments, troubleshooting (default detection) in instruments, and drawing specification for weather instruments and measurement systems.
The importance of Instruments and Methods of Observation in weather forecasting, for safety of life and protection of property and the environment, cannot be gainsaid. In order to provide effective and timely weather forecasts it is imperative that accurate data sets of various weather parameters are available. This can be achieved through the monitoring of weather using instruments and equipment that are reliable and have a minimal margin of error in their readings. Thus, there is need for regular maintenance and calibration of meteorological instruments to meet the increasing needs for high quality meteorological and hydrological data, standardization of meteorological instruments, international instrument comparisons and evaluations, and training of instruments experts
While the course attracted some 40 applications, WMO could only sponsor 25 participants. These represent 23 Regional Association I countries (RAI: Africa), namely: Botswana, Burundi, Congo Brazaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. It is intended that the Course be held every year.
The training costs of the course were covered by extra budgetary funds provided by the Government of Norway as part of its contribution to the Global Fund for Climate Services and development assistance in Africa.