Philippines: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will begin LiDAR survey of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in August to check areas prone to geologic hazards. The project is expected to produce the region's hazard map by 2015.
The mapping plane equipped with LiDAR sensors will fly over Basilan, then Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, starting August to produce high-resolution, detailed, and up-to-date elevation maps and data sets. These maps, when used with the Integrated Flood Early Warning System, can give communities at least 6 hours notice to prepare for an impending disaster.
The initiative is part of DOST’s project with the University of the Philippines' Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM), and a component of Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH).