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Philippines conducts 3D mapping for disaster mitigation

Philippines: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched Aquino administration’s flagship project in disaster mitigation worth at least P1.6 billion and seen as a long-term solution to problems caused by natural calamities in many parts of the country, including Central Luzon.

The DOST’s Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Noah) shows President Aquino’s “determination” to start the long-term plan to stop the devastating effects of natural calamities and climate change, said Science Director Raymond Liboro.

The DOST, led by Secretary Mario Montejo and the University of the Philippines (UP) started the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) planes, which is part of Noah.

Liboro said the Noah and its DREAM project would also be designed to warn residents “in every household” of impending natural disasters through Internet connections and cell phones.

Liboro said the DOST’s project is “economical” because it is the total budget for its realisation in two years.

It “is way lower if you buy it,” because it would cost at least P25 billion if the national government buys it from outside source, he said.

To jump-start the country’s first extensive three dimensional (3D) mapping programme, DREAM’s two aircrafts carrying state-of-the-art Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) instruments took off to begin the scanning of the Pampanga River basin.

DREAM will create stunning 3D images-reliable, detailed and up-to-date flood models of the country’s 22 major river basins, and later will include all other flood-prone areas in the country.

In two years DREAM will complete all flood models of the major river basins, which is roughly 33 per cent of the country’s total land area.

“This is one of the most, if not the most, extensive three-dimensional mappings in Southeast Asia. We are also proud to say that the DREAM Programme is composed of Filipino engineers and scientists,” program leader Dr. Enrico Paringit said in a statement.

Source: Business Mirror