Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City — Last December 1 to 8, 2017, in celebration of their 30th anniversary, the DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) held multiple conferences, stakeholders’ forums and a recognition ceremony with the theme TREINTA: Tatlong Dekadang Masulong na Pananaliksik sa Agham at Teknolohiya. Through the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINET) and the Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE), DOST-ASTI has been a partner of UP NOAH since the latter’s conception in 2012. UP NOAH participated in three events: the Philippine Launch of Asi@Connect Network, the 3rd CoARE Stakeholders’ Meeting and Policy Forum, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center Stakeholders’ Meeting.
As UP NOAH is linked to PREGINET via UP Diliman, it is also linked to Asi@Connect, the successor of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) project. This enables researchers of UP NOAH to connect to researchers and access data sets around the world through a high speed and high quality network. Notable applications include the download of massive remote sensing data and live streaming of conferences and events.
The supervisor of UP NOAH’s WebGIS and Development team, BA Racoma, was also invited to speak about his experiences with CoARE’s Science Cloud in the December 8 forum. Most of UP NOAH’s online assets are hosted in the Science Cloud where our developers conduct processes ranging from automated downloading and processing data, staging of web applications, to the publishing of maps and data to the NOAH website. Products of UP NOAH are also downloadable both via the Science Cloud (http://noah.up.edu.ph/downloads) and the Data Catalogue (http://asti.dost.gov.ph/coare/data/datasets/).
The Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center’s Stakeholder Meeting was another event in the series. There, the project’s capabilities were showcased to promote future inter-agency cooperation efforts. These include Rice Monitoring, Forest, Cover Mapping, Change Detection and other technical discussions from remote sensing experts. There were also updates on the Diwata-2 satellite and its numerous applications.
As the core component of the UP Resilience Institute, the UP NOAH Center is thankful for the continued partnership with DOST-ASTI in its efforts to undertake DRR and CCA research to improve the Philippines’ resilience.