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Explainer: PAGASA's Project NOAH

Ain't no ark but could be a life-saver
by Neps Firmalan | Aug 14, 2012
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The past couple of weeks has seen enough rain to turn large chunks of the metro into scenes reminiscent of the movie Waterworld. While we shamelessly love that film, we're not particularly fond of the devastation brought about by floods. No one wants another Ondoy. But the fact is we're already in the rainy season, and we can't help but feel helpless.

All that rain and flooding also leads to a healthy shower of complaints directed mostly at the government. It's inevitable, and frankly we're getting tired of it. So, instead of pointing fingers at our elected officials, which we think will likely lead to nowhere, we've chosen to look for a solution, a life-saver even, for the coming dire and very wet times. Folks, let us introduce you to project NOAH, a high-tech tool that's made with your survival, the Habagat, and whatever storm or typhoon comes next in mind. 

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What is project NOAH?

In a nutshell, NOAH (short for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) is a weather mapping project created to assist in disaster science research as well as enhance our government's capability in terms of preventing and managing disasters (i.e. floods, landslides). Launched last June, it also aims to give a six-hour lead time in warning possible affected areas of impending floods.

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So, who made this possible?

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