Diliman, Quezon City – State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) held their soft launch and press conference for their new website last Wednesday, 10 January 2018. One of the website’s proposed developments is the integration of the UP NOAH Center’s flood, landslide, and storm surge hazard maps on their new website (see: http://bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/).
The launch took place as part of the DOST-PCIEERD-GIA implemented project entitled “Enhancing the Hydro-meteorological Hazards Monitoring and Risk Assessment Capabilities of PAGASA through the adoption and Integration of NOAH Operating systems”. The project was conceived to adopt and integrate all available data and hazard maps previously generated by the DOST implemented Project NOAH.
The new features of the website include a 5-day Weather Outlook, Meteogram/Hourly Forecast, Contour Maps, and also Active Warnings. By May, PAGASA’s website aims to be a more user-friendly one stop shop for the visualization of PAGASA products, namely location-based hourly weather forecasts and meteograms, Doppler Weather RADAR mosaics, Tropical Cyclone warnings, climate forecasts and advisories and other PAGASA services. It will also provide impact-based forecasting and warnings that can estimate number of houses to be affected, number of people to be affected by incoming Tropical Cyclones by using data from the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards program.
To view the hazard maps, check the PAGASA website and at the lower right corner, click “Hazard Maps” and choose the hazard you want to check. The site will redirect you to another website. From there, you will be able to see the hazard maps in your area which are also available for viewing in NOAH’s website.