Malaysia’s World-class Meteorological Infrasructure Ensures National Security – Mosti

Posted on April 29, 2011. Filed under: Climate Change |

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, April 29 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s meteorological infrastructure is world-class and equipped to ensure national security and public safety, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The availability of meteorological stations and a radionuclide station in the country has enhanced Malaysia’s capability to monitor and act early against any adverse impacts from environmental disasters, including the possibility of a nuclear fallout, he said.

“Of course the behavior of the natural environment is not always predictable by the tools of science, so it is important for any government to invest in science infrastructure and trained manpower to attain world-class technical capabilities,” he said when inspecting the Meteorological Services Department (MSD)’s meteorological station at Cameron Highlands, which also houses the radionuclide station operated by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency.

The MSD has two regional Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) stations located in Cameron Highlands and Petaling Jaya, with a full GAW station situated in Danum Valley, Sabah.

The Cameron Highlands GAW station measures gases at a tropical semi- developed area, the Petaling Jaya station measures gases at a tropical urban area while Danum Valley’s station measures gases at tropical forests.

“The stations contribute to atmospheric monitoring of climate change at various levels of land use change including agriculture and commercial development,” he said.

Meanwhile, the radionuclide station RN42 further strengthens the country’s weather and environmental monitoring capabilities.

The RN42 station is established under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation on nuclear weapon, of which Malaysia is a signatory. It is one of the 80 radionuclide stations in the world.

“The RN42 station is equipped with facilities that have the capability and high sensitivity to detect the presence of the smallest amount of radionuclide (airborne radioactive particles).

“So far, detection shows that our radioactive levels are normal and safe,” he said.

–BERNAMA

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