Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards)
Project NOAH is the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) response to the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas throughout the Philippines.
The DOST Project NOAH will harness technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in partnership with the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the UP College of Engineering. — Official Gazette
Here is Dr. Mahar Lagmay’s instructions on How to use Project NOAH website from DOST – Project Noah Facebook page:
1) Open browser and type in the URL http://noah.dost.gov.ph/
2) Choose OVERVIEW tab and choose MTSAT (Multi-Transport Satellite). Image from Japan satellite will appear on the screen. Look for the time and date on the lower left corner for updated images.
3) Clouds may appear in white (light rain), yellow (moderate rain), and red (heavy to intense rain).
4) Click on WEATHER OUTLOOK tab and choose PAGASA CYCLONE UPDATE and lines pertaining to the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) will appear. If the cyclone has entered the PAR, a series of “eyes” will appear to indicate the track of the storm.
5) To check for the amount of rain in certain areas, click again on OVERVIEW and choose RAIN CONTOUR. Red (heavy to intense rainfall), orange (moderate rainfall) and blue (light rainfall).
6) To check for the amount of rainfall within a specific period of time, go again to OVERVIEW and choose any from the following categories: 3-hour Rainfall, 6- hour Rainfall, 12-hour Rainfall, or 24- hour Rainfall.
7) Red (heavy to intense rainfall) and orange (moderate rainfall) with more than 100mm of rain could cause swelling of rivers, elevation of water channels and could bring flash flood.
8) To check for water levels, go to WEATHER STATIONS and choose STREAM GAUGES then zoom in on the river station near your area.
9) To check for real time rain fall in certain areas, go to DOPPLER radar weather station and choose the one within your region. Compare images with Doppler Scale: White to Pink (Intense rainfall), Red to Yellow (Heavy rainfall), Green to Blue (Moderate rainfall), and Light Blue (Light rainfall).
10) Check for Doppler Image Time and Date to verify accuracy. This will give the public ample time to prepare and and thus, save lives. You may use the MTSAT & DOPPLER radars simultaneously.
To know more about PAGASA DOST Project Noah, you may visit the following sites:
FB: DOST – Project Noah
Twitter – @nababaha