Science department launches Noah project

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Friday, July 6, 2012


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III led the official launching on Friday of the Department of Science and Technology's Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Noah project in Marikina City.

Noah, a website that can be accessed at www.noah.dost.gov.ph, shows a map where one can see real-time information coming from rain gauges and Doppler radars.

The Noah project, according to DOST's website at www.dost.gov.ph, was "initiated in response to Aquino's instructions to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation specifically for the Philippines' warning agencies to be able to provide a six-hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods."

In its website, DOST said Noah, within two years, shall provide high-resolution flood hazard maps and install 600 automated rain gauges and 400 water level measuring stations for 18 major river basins of the Philippines, namely:

* Marikina River Basin
* Cagayan de Oro River Basin
* Iligan River Basin
* Agno River Basin
* Pampanga River Basin
* Bicol River Basin
* Cagayan River Basin
* Agusan River Basin
* Panay River Basin
* Magaswang Tubig River Basin
* Jalaur River Basin
* Ilog-Hilabangan River Basin
* Agus River Basin
* Davao River Basin
* Mindanao River Basin
* Tagum-Libuganon River Basin
* Tagaloan River Basin
* Buayan-Malungun River Basin

The country’s other river basins will follow soon after the work on the 18 major river basins is completed, it said. (Sunnex)

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