The Department, Upon request, Designs, Tests, Installs and maintains weather and climate instruments and equipment.
The department of Climate Change and Meteorological services imported from abroad most of equipment and instruments to sample different types of weather parameters. Due to high costs on the imported equipment and instruments, the Department opted to design and fabricate some of these locally depending on the classes and systems favouring our region. As of now the Department is able to design and fabricate weather equipment and instruments such as; evaporation pan and canister, wind vane, standard rain gauge and Stevenson screen.
The department believes in accuracy and therefore an instrument or equipment has to be tested before use. This takes place in our laboratories within our workshop currently at Chileka airport premises. This involves the compatibility of both hardware and software in use. The process is done prior to the installation in the field to avoid unnecessary travel expenses due to multiple trips caused by faulty equipment and instruments during installation. The equipment and instruments are closely checked and scientifically certified for use.
This is another critical area when it comes to weather equipment and instruments usage, it has to go by the standards set by the world meteorological organisation (WMO) the Department is responsibility of planting and fixing all weather instruments and equipment. This includes other government departments, non-governmental and private sectors. Each equipment and instruments has its own installation procedures.
DCCMS Engineers, During installation of Lightening Detecting System
For the purpose of accuracy and continuity in the observation of weather parameters, DCCMS engages in the routine processes of instruments and equipment maintenance work throughout Malawi and this also involves both conventional and automatic forn other government departments, non-governmental organisations and private sectors. This ensures the undisrupted observations for all faulty equipment and instruments are properly cleaned and serviced back to normal working condition.