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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Workshop for Disseminating Results of Mini-Project on Hazard and Exposure Mapping on Volcano and Flood

PHIVOLCS, JAXA, GIC-AIT organize workshop on volcano and flood hazard and exposure mapping

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) partnered with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Geo-Informatics Center – Asian Institute of Technology (GIC- AIT) in organizing the “Workshop for Disseminating Results of Mini-Project on Hazard and Exposure Mapping on Volcano and Flood” held on Feb. 6, 2014 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium, Quezon City.

To present the project’s initial output during the third phase, how the data can be used during disaster, and to discuss future activities was the objectives of the workshop.

The workshop, which is related to the JAXA Mini Project 3rd Phase “Developing In-Country Database for Preparing High-Value Added Products for Sentinel Asia,” featured the case studies on Taal Volcano and on Olongapo City for the flood part.

Kaku Kazuya of JAXA said in his opening message: “Disaster preparedness is very important, and we started this project to prepare and share various maps and data in the framework of Mini-Project. When disaster happens, our results will be utilized together with satellite observation data. Above all, the most valuable results of this project will be this community of all participants of this project which will work together for disaster response.“

The workshop included different presentations: Mini-Project Results 1 Hazard and Exposure Mapping in Taal, Batangas) and Presentation of Mini-Project Results 2 Flood Hazard and Exposure Mapping
in Olongapo City, Zambales), Presentation on: How to utilize the collected data and experienced gained from the JAXA Mini project 2013/2014 for emergency response.

This was followed by a group discussion on the Post Mini-Project Activities and Sustainability focusing on different topics: Collaborations in data collection, Data sharing, Preparation of value-added products at the time of a disaster, Emergency response activities using the value-added products, and Verification of value-added products.

Also, Chathura H. Wickramasinghe SYAMS NASHRRULLAH presented the “Data Sharing for Better Disaster Mitigation.”

The same project sponsored a three-day training on “Development of GIS-based Elements-at-Risk Database Using High Resolution Remote Sensing Data” last Oct. 2013.

Staff from Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authoritiy (NAMRIA), National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS)- Project NOAH, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Manila Observatory, National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), PAGASA, and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) also participated in the workshop.

Source: PhiVolcs Facebook Page

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