Philippines: Scientists and researchers of Project NOAH are planning to begin the 3D mapping of the entire Philippine topography on September 17. Canada has funded high-tech equipment worth PHP (Philippine peso) 200 million for the project.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology will be used to map the entire Philippines. “LiDAR equipment to survey the entire topography of the Philippines at very high resolution has arrived,” Director of Project NOAH, Dr Mahar Lagmay’s tweet revealed.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has been very keen on developments about the planned 3D mapping of the country.
Project NOAH stands for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, touted as the national government”s high-technology response to flood disasters.
Aquino had ordered the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other government agencies to come up with flood prediction within six hours of its coming to warn communities and residents to save lives.
The September 17 schedule of 3D mapping is still tentative, though, one of those involved in Project NOAH said, as scientists and researchers are still undergoing training in handling the LiDAR equipment.
Director Raymund Liboro of the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) confirmed that training for LiDAR is now ongoing at the Academy of Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman, Quezon City.