DOST holds IEC Seminar on Project NOAH

By: Maria Aprila Cruz (Philippine Information Agency)

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA)- – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently conducted Information Education Communication (IEC) seminar on the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH at the Crown Legacy Hotel here.

The IEC seminar involved experts from the DOST-NOAH, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and the National Institute for Geological Sciences (NIGS) in UP Diliman who discussed the available technology and other initiatives currently being developed by the government for disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Project NOAH is in response to President Aquino’s instructions to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation specifically for the Philippines’ warning agencies to be able to provide a 6 hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.

Oscar Victor Lizardo, Chief Science Research Specialist (SRS), WebGIS of the DOST said hazards will always come to us because of the geographic location but disasters can be mitigated and people prepare for it.

The Philippines is prone to hazards such as typhoons, earthquakes, landslide, volcanic eruption and many more. Almost all kinds of hazards can happen in our country, he said.

Yowee Gonzales Project Officer II of WebGIS explained the NOAH website and the NOAH Mobile Apps Moses Tablet. According to Gonzales, Project NOAH website is designed to feature the following: weather outlook which shows the probability or likelihood of rain in a particular area; flood map which shows location or areas prone to flood, including the flood height; and the weather stations which shows the amount of rainfall, temperature, wind speed and direction, air pressure and humidity in an area.

Accessing the enables anyone to have a closer look of a particular place, to learn the probability of rain, to identify flood-prone areas and to know the weather condition of a specific area.

Gonzales also reported that the DOST through Project NOAH has come up with a tablet device aptly called MOSES or Mobile Operational System for Emergency Services. This is capable of receiving real-time weather and flood information reports from DOST’s PAGASA and Project NOAH that local officials, down to the barangay level can access.

The device can provide access to accurate information which can aid in the decision-making process of local government units that eventually, may prevent the loss of life and property, Gonzales added.

On the other hand, Joida Prieto, Senior SRS, Data Processing UP DREAM LiDAR discussed the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Components. She explained that the topographic maps will show elevations up to barangay level, citing that the “real” terrain can be identified with the three-dimensional (3D) maps of areas.

Aika Alemania, Senior SRS Landslide Mapping component explained the landslide modelling and mapping using High Resolution Imagery.

Other resource persons include Judd P. Tablazon who discussed the System to identify, quantify, and map the storm surge threat to Philippine coasts; Jericho Jan Andres, Hydromet Sensors Development ASTI, – NOAH Hydromet Sensors and Danilo Flores, of PAGASA tackled Community-Based Flood Early Warning System. (JDP/MAWC-PIA CAR)

This article was originally published in Philippine Information Agency on October 29, 2013

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