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Why is the Government of Canada reducing the number of scientists who are involved in researching climate change, weather forecasting and protecting nature? Apparently,according to this article people who are losing their jobs in weather forecasting are losing them as a result of the fact that the government of Canada would rather have automated weather stations gathering weather information than humans!!! How can the Government rationalize this?
According to the article, "Automatic Weather Stations for Agricultural and Other Applications" which you can read at:http://www.bom.gov.au/inside/services_policy/pub_ag/aws/aws.shtml ,:
AWS suffer a number of disadvantages. These are:
- Some elements are difficult to automate (e.g. cloud cover)
- AWS require a large capital investment
- AWS are less flexible than human observers
- shallow or patchy fog
- blowing dust
- falling ash
- volcanic eruptions
- precipitation that is not in the form of rain or snow, such as hail, ice pellets and snow grains
- multiple forms of precipitation falling at the same time
- depth of new snowfall
- total snow depth
- in-cloud and cloud-to-cloud lightning
- clouds that are not directly above the station
- clouds that are more than twelve thousand feet above ground level
- cloud type
Automated stations can also suffer from mechanical breakdown, requiring repair or replacement. This can be either due to physical damage (either natural or human caused), mechanical wear, or severe icing during winter weather. During system outages, human observers are often required to supplement missing or non-representative observations from the automated station."
So now we must ask the question: Is the Government of Canada placing Canadians who use aircraft flight, at risk by using these automated weather stations instead of humans? Is the Government placing all of us in more danger (in terns of possibly creating circumstances in which more aircraft may crash and kill passengers,crew members and innocent people on the ground,) by forcing Environment Canada to use AWS instead of humans, when these devices may not be suitable for use in certain kinds of weather conditions? I wonder!!
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