Climate Smart Community: Meteorological station installed near Mostar

A meteorological station of the Association “Nešto više” was installed in Humilišani near Mostar. This station is currently in the test phase of operation, and the actual installation of the software and the launch of the station was preceded by an educational workshop on meteorology led by Dino Memić, a meteorologist and hobbyist with many years of experience in this field.

He introduced the participants to the basics of meteorology, and explained to them what factors affect quality measurement, what are weather alarms, what are the rules and deviations in measuring and reading results, what are record years and who gives the best forecasts. Dino also presented the devices he uses and described in detail the characteristics of the installed station.

It is a station manufactured by Davis, model Davis Vantage Pro 2, and it was installed on the permaculture property of the “Nešto više” association in Humilišani as additional content that will be used to record data on local climatic conditions and problems. After the initial test phase, this station will be connected to the existing network of meteorological stations, and will send data to a unique server where it will be available to everyone.

Memic told the media that climate change is obvious and that it manifests itself in the uneven distribution of rainfall. “Unfortunately, we have some months where the amount of precipitation increases considerably and where in one month the three-month or even six-month average amount of precipitation falls, and then we have a drought in the following three months. Of course, this is not good for agriculture or the population, because climate change is taking more and more lives,” said this activist and hobbyist meteorologist.

The goal of the “Climate Smart Community” project, as part of which the station was purchased, is for local agricultural producers and beekeepers to receive quick information about agrometeorological conditions. The acquisition of the station and education was financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the regional project SMART Balkans Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans, which is implemented by the Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD), Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) and Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM).