A TWO-PART CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITY designed to enhance multi-hazard disaster mapping in the Philippines using advanced space technologies such as remote sensing, and geographic information system or GIS was recently held in the country. 

The first part of the activity was dubbed “Caravan Seminar on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Mitigation: Philippine Perspective”, which covered discussions on available satellite data, current and future development of Japanese systems, potential applications in disaster management, and space technology in the Philippine context. Sixty-three participants from government agencies, private sector, and academia involved in the use of space technologies in disaster risk mapping and hazard zoning attended in the seminar held at City Garden Hotel in Makati City last November 27.

The second part of the activity was a “Training on the Applications of Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Mitigation”,


which also drew 31 participants of the same mix specializing in disaster mapping with the use of space technologies.

Remote sensing and GIS experts from GeoInformatics Center-Asian Institute of Technology gave lectures and hands-on exercises on data handling, remote sensing analysis, and product generation based on selected disaster mitigation case studies using ArcGIS and ER-Mapper software.  It was held November 28 to December 1 at the PHIVOLCS conference center in Diliman, Quezon City.

The two-part activity was a joint initiative of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Bangkok-based GIC-AIT, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources--National Mapping and Resource Information Authority. STP











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