The Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, inaugurated, at the headquarters of the National Center of Meteorology in Jeddah, Sunday, the locally developed “Bayan” forecasting system using artificial intelligence technology, in addition to the launch of the high-precision numerical forecast system for weather and marine services.
The CEO of the National Center of Meteorology, Dr. Ayman Ghulam, explained that these technical projects will contribute to raising the capabilities of the center in increasing the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of severe weather phenomena and natural hazards, which are part of the national transformation programs to achieve the vision of the Kingdom 2030.
This is to raise the level of meteorological capabilities, improve information accuracy, and raise readiness in dealing with and monitoring weather phenomena and climate information.
75 Automatic Stations
He also indicated that the National Transformation Program of the National Center of Meteorology consists of some vital and important development projects, most notably the installation projects of 75 automatic stations added to the center’s automatic monitoring services, in addition to the project to expand the scope of the center’s work in marine navigation services by installing 5 floating marine monitoring stations , 3 wireless transmission stations, and stations for monitoring waves and marine currents.
The Center’s National Transformation Program projects include developing numerical models to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts by raising the capabilities concerned with forecasting models of sea waves and ocean currents, models for simultaneous prediction of torrents and dust storms, and projects for installing 600 stations to monitor and control sandstorms and weather.
These projects aim to enhance the capabilities of the center in monitoring and controlling potential weather phenomena in Saudi Arabia and studying them in the climate.