Building Low-Cost Weather Stations with USAID


Many surface weather stations across the globe suffer from incorrect siting, poor maintenance and limited communications for real-time monitoring.


3D-PAWS (3D-Printed Automatic WeatherStation)

To expand observation networks in sparsely observed regions, the 3D-PAWS (3D-Printed Automatic WeatherStation) initiative has been launched by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the US National Weather Service International Activities Office (NWS IAO), with support from the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

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With support from USAID, UCAR launched an initiative to print 3D weather stations that can fill observational gaps in developing countries. A single station takes about a week to print at a cost of $200 to $400.