Project NOAH Aims to Enhance Government's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

As a response to President Aquino’s call for a responsive disaster prevention and mitigation program, the Department of Science & Technology (DOST) had launched Project NOAH last July 6, 2012, aimed primarily at strengthening disaster risk reduction efforts.

NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is a widespread module that is designed at monitoring and watching for extreme hazard conditions as brought by weather disturbances and other form of calamities such as earthquakes and massive fire.

According to DOST, NOAH is equipped with seven vital components that would thoroughly enhanced preparedness and alertness of government units to respond to disaster scenario in the most responsive and efficient manner. These components include Hydromet sensors development, DRAM-Lidar, FloodNET, Hazards information media, Landslide hazards mapping, Doppler system development, and Storm surge inundation mapping.

In detail, Project NOAH involves the following specific components:

  • Distribution of Hydrometeorological Devices in hard-hit areas in the Philippines (Hydromet). A total of 600 automated rain gauges (ARG) and 400 water level monitoring stations (WLMS) will be installed along the country’s 18 major river basins (RBs) by December 2013 to provide a better picture of the country’s surface water in relation to flooding.

  • Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment for Mitigation – Light Detection and Ranging (DREAM-LIDAR) Project. The project, which is targeted to be completed by December 2013, aims to produce more accurate flood inundation and hazard maps in 3D for the country’s flood-prone and major river systems and watersheds.

  • Enhancing Geohazards Mapping through LIDAR. The project, which is targeted to be completed by December 2014, shall use LIDAR technology and computer-assisted analyses to identify exact areas prone to landslides.

  • Coastal Hazards and Storm Surge Assessment and Mitigation (CHASSAM).  CHASSAM, which is targeted to be completed by December 2014, will generate wave surge, wave refraction, and coastal circulation models to understand and recommend solutions for coastal erosion.

  • Flood Information Network (FloodNET) Project. Targeted to be completed by December 2013 is a flood center that will provide timely and accurate information for flood early warning systems. The FloodNET  Project will come up with computer models for the critical RBs, automate the process of data gathering, modeling and information output, and release flood forecasts.

  • Local Development of Doppler Radar Systems (LaDDeRS). LaDDeRS seeks to develop local capacity to design, fabricate, and operate sub-systems of Doppler radars for remotely sensing the dynamic parameters of sea surface such as wave, wind field, and surface current velocity.

  • Landslide Sensors Development Project. This project is a low-cost, locally developed, sensor-based early monitoring and warning system for landslides, slope failures, and debris flow. As of May 2012, ten sensors have been installed in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte; Tago, Surigao del Sur; Tublay, Bugias, and Bokod in Benguet; Guihulngan City, Negros Occidental; St. Bernard, Southern Leyte;  and Tubungan, Iloilo. Additional sensors are expected to be deployed to not less than 50 sites by 2013.

  • Weather Hazard Information Project (WHIP). WHIP involves the utilization of platforms such as television (DOSTv) and a web portal (,  which display real-time satellite, Doppler radar, ARG, and WLMS data to empower LGUs and communities to prepare against extreme natural hazards. This is complemented by activities, such as: a) conducting of IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) activities; and b) the processing and packaging of relevant and up-to-date information for public use.

This should be well-timely as the country, especially in the northern part of the Philippines, is experiencing a major debacle brought about extremely brisk torrential rains; one that had caused unprecedented damage in terms of lives and properties, resulting from immense and widespread flooding.

For more information and details, visit Project NOAH’s homepage.

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