Ministry of Transportation Upgrades its Climatological Database

The Ministry of Transportation has completed the upgrade of its climatological database as part of its strategic vision to enhance data collection

25th December 2013

The Ministry of Transportation has completed the upgrade of its climatological database as part of its strategic vision to enhance data collection and analysis and implement technology across its business practices.

Ministry of Transportation (MoT) Civil Aviation Affairs Acting Director of Meteorology Adel Daham stated that the Climate and Observation Section is now using the new version “CLDB 4.0 IMS”. This new system offers new advanced features, with significantly larger storage capacity for numerical climate data and information. MoT plans to increase the number of automatic weather stations from one currently to five, including one mobile weather station in 2014, and this expansion will require the larger database capacity in order to store the vast amount of data and information which will be received from these stations.

The new CLDB 4.0 IMS system can also store data including graphs, satellite and weather radar images, surface and upper level charts. This improved level of detail will assist the Climate and Observation Section in enhancing the monthly climate summaries which are produced and used by researchers to study and better understand weather phenomena in the Kingdom. This research examines weather patterns in Bahrain and how they may be affected by global weather phenomena.

Mr Daham said “CLDB 4.0 is also capable of generating special climatological reports which are sent to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) based in Geneva, and the US-based Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These agencies are responsible for studying the outer part of the atmosphere.

“Moreover, we are also able to send rain samples to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria which conducts chemical analysis to determine pollution and contamination, if present.”

The MoT Climate and Observation Section is the main source for climatological reports and collected data in the Kingdom, and provides Ministries, government and non-governmental organisations, the private sector, universities, and airlines with climate information.

In 1988 the Section installed the first climate database for managing and manually importing climate data which was known as ”CLICOM”, and was designed with the assistance of WMO climatological experts. This database system was running on the DOS operating system up until 2004.

In 2004, the Oracle-based, Windows-operated CLDB was first introduced, on the recommendation of the WMO. The implementation of this system marked a significant milestone as it was more efficient, user-friendly and had higher capacity to store and manage numerical climate data.

One of the advantages of the CLDB system is its quality control mechanism, which validates climate data before importing it into the database. In case of any error, the system will warn the operator to re-check the data before importing it into the database. The system is also capable of generating several types of reports and summaries on a daily, monthly and annual basis, as well as calculating averages, long-term values and the extreme values.

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