Philippines: The Philippine Disaster Science Management Center (DSMC), along with the Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (Comste), said the Manila Observatory will now play a major role in supplying data to Sentinel Asia, an international project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Sentinel Asia aims to support disaster management in the Asia Pacific region by applying and promoting remote sensing and GIS technologies among its partners. As a Data Analysis Node, the Manila Observatory will provide analysis and interpretation of satellite data in aid of disaster management in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region.
Senator Edgardo J. Angara, chair of Comste, 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 neighboring countries that have experienced similar storms and natural calamities as the Philippines.
The Observatory’s research team is led by Dr. Celine Vicente of Geomatics and Environment and Development programme, Dr. Gemma Narisma of the Regional Climate Systems programme and Dr. Nofel Lagrosas of the Air Quality programme.