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Global Science & Technology, Inc. recently was awarded a contract to continue to operate and expand the National Weather Service's National Mesonet Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The task order is valued at $10.467 million, is expected to continue to improve weather prediction. The work on the National Mesonet Program will continue to take place at the GST Division location in Fairmont.

The National Mesonet Program is a network of existing non-federal, surface-based observation networks located throughout the United States, both fixed and mobile. GST and its alliance of universities and weather companies have been performing work on the National Mesonet Program for four years.

"We are pleased to continue to serve our nation with such an important mission as the National Mesonet Program," GST President Chieh-san Cheng said in a news release. "Clearly, there it is a national priority to obtain weather observation data at the local level.

"Ultimately, we believe better weather and forecast data can help save lives, protect property and reduce economic impacts."

GST and its partners, known as the National Mesonet Program Alliance, will continue to leverage existing non-federal environmental observation networks to supply observation data to improve the prediction of high impact, local weather events.

The new contract will require the detection of temperature, wind and moisture in the lower atmosphere as well as observations of soil temperature and moisture, solar radiation and road surface temperature.