Philippines: ICT-led “disaster science” has been demanded in the Philippines by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, chair of the Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE).
Recently, Manila Observatory (MO) partnered with COMSTE in the planning and development of the Disaster Science Management Center (DSMC). Now that the MO has been appointed as a Data Analysis Node, the Manila Observatory will provide analysis and interpretation of satellite data in aid of disaster management in the Philippine’s and the Asia Pacific Region.
Angara said that the availability of satellite data will boost the capabilities of the DSMC to better understand the mechanics of managing disasters with the cooperation of neighbouring countries that have experienced similar storms and natural calamities as the Philippines.
The MO maintains research programs in geomatics, regional climate systems, solid earth dynamics, space weather and air quality. The Manila Observatory promotes the advancement of science-based decision support systems in aid of climate change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
A joint study by Columbia University and the World Bank entitled ‘Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis’, which identifies countries which are at high risk for six major natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, drought, and cyclones, has the Philippines pegged as one of riskiest countries in the world.