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Inauguration of the Meteorological Station in Kandahar

Photo by: Sayed Ahmad Sahim
Photo by: Sayed Ahmad Sahim

On 13.1.2021, a meteorological station at Kandahar University was inaugurated in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education of Afghanistan, Abdul Tawab Balakzai. The installation of the station by the German Research Centre for Geosciences is part of the 'Green Central Asia Initiative' of the Federal Foreign Office. With this initiative, the Federal Foreign Office aims to support the regional rapprochement of six Central Asian states and promote dialogue on the consequences of climate change and the associated risks. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are cooperation partners.

The station in Kandahar was installed in cooperation with the Kabul Polytechnic University. GFZ is building and operating a large regional network of such monitoring stations as part of CAWa/GreenCentralAsia. It consists of a total of 18 remotely operated multi-parameter stations (ROMPS) in Central Asia. The primary goal of all stations is to support the establishment of a reliable database of meteorological and hydrological data, especially in remote areas with extreme climate conditions in Central Asia.

Information on the 'Green Central Asia Initiative' 
Information about the network: Hydrometeorological data from ROMPS network in Central Asia

Scientific contact:
Dr. Tilo Schöne  
Working Group Leader Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field
Phone: +49 331 288-1739
Email: tilo.schoene@gfz-potsdam.de

Media Contact: 
Josef Zens  
Head of Public and Media Relations
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Telegrafenberg 14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1040
E-mail: josef.zens@gfz-potsdam.de

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