Typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanos – the Philippines is a country that has it all. Taking 3rd place on the World Risk Index, behind Vanuatu and Tonga, the Philippines is heavily exposed to extreme weather.

While you can’t do anything to change the course of a typhoon moving towards you, you can take the necessary precautions before it reaches your shores – the earlier the better. So, you need to know your hazards, and that is why, in the wake of the catastrophic tropical storm Sendong in 2011, the Philippines started developing a complex early warning system. It is named NOAH, Nationwide Assessment of Hazards, and one of the aims of NOAH has been to provide a 6-hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.

Since its launch in 2012, Project NOAH has empowered Philippinos with information, such as near real-time weather data and high-resolution flood, landslide, and storm surge hazard maps. The Philippine research, education and government information network PREGINET plays a vital role in gluing the vast NOAH infrastructure of water level and landslide sensors, rain gauges, satellites, radars etc. together, channelling the collected data into a range of applications such as online platforms, mobile devices and social media, for both experts and the general public to use.

Published: 04/2017

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