The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launches its new project on Nationwide Operational Assessment Hazards (NOAH). Project NOAH aims to provide updated weather forecast, integrated flood early warning system using web-friendly interface that features Google Mapping service.
Project NOAH can be accessed online through DOST Website: (http://noah.dost.gov.ph). It is a rel-time system which gathers information every 15 minutes, and provides an hourly broadcast of rain probability.
This is very helpful in preventing disaster that might happen.
Other services includes:
Search for specific addresses that can be submerged in floodwater.
– Floodmaps of Marikina, Cagayan De Oro, Iligan, Infanta and Lucena with corresponding water level elevation predictions from 5 to 100 year increments (including Ondoy).
– Location of weather stations throughout the country.
– Location of stream and rain gauges.
– Raw and processed imagery taken from MTSAT-1 (Multi-Functional Transport Satellite) for typhoon and rainfall monitoring.
– Detailed view of local rainfall, temperature and pressure contours/scales.
– Live doppler radar input from Baguio, Subic, Tagaytay, Cebu and Hinatuan.
Here in Western Visayas, it was already launched last July 3, 2012, and expect it be launched also in the other regions nationwide.
It would also be useful if there would be Mobile Apps in iTunes or Google Play available for download so that we can access this weather forecast system via mobile devices. I do hope DOST will consider this.