The Harper Government will invest $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, Minister of Environment Peter Kent announced today.

The infrastructure upgrades will strengthen core weather monitoring networks including the weather radar network. The upgrades will also modernize the monitoring infrastructure and help Environment Canada’s weather service keep pace with the rapid evolution of new science and technologies.

The areas of weather and climate monitoring infrastructure that will be upgraded include: Canadian Weather Radar Network ($45.2M), Canadian Weather and Climate Observing Networks ($18.8M), Canadian Aerological Network ($4.2M), and the Canadian Lightning Detection Network ($10.5M).

The funding is intended to complement the Meteorological Service of Canada’s ten-year strategic plan that addresses critical infrastructure, scientific advancements, and life-cycle management strategies.

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