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Haitian technicians tour FAWN weather station network in Citra, Florida

Haitian technicians, engineers tour Florida weather station network

This week the Feed the Future Haiti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole (AREA) project is hosting nine technicians and engineers from Haiti who operate weather stations in their country.

On Friday, the group traveled to Citra, where they visited a UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research and education center to learn about the Florida Automated Weather Network, which operates 42 weather stations throughout Florida.

AREA is sponsoring the group’s July 7-17 Florida informational tour, which has also included three days at UF’s campus to assemble, program and troubleshoot solar-powered wireless weather stations, and — next week — a visit to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

The Haitians work closely with the AREA project to maintain, update and install weather stations that AREA has placed at agricultural research centers and university campuses in Haiti. Such meteorological stations provide farmers, forecasters and others crucial data such as temperature, rainfall, dew point and wind speed. Yet Haiti doesn’t have enough stations and needs more specialists to operate and maintain them.

Read more about AREA’s Climate Smart Solutions program at https://area.ifas.ufl.edu/projects…/climate-smart-solutions/ and FAWN at https://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu/.

At a weather station in Citra are nine Haitian technicians and engineers along with AREA staffers, UF faculty, and operators of the Florida Automated Weather Network.

At a weather station in Citra are nine Haitian technicians and engineers along with AREA staffers, UF faculty, and operators of the Florida Automated Weather Network.