By: Estrella Z. Gallardo
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration on going Locally-funded Projects for the year 2018:
- Observations and Dynamical Downscaling of Seasonal and Sub-seasonal Forecasts (MECO – TECO)
- Heavy Rain Monitoring and Forecasting in the Mountainous Area and Early Warning Landslides (MECO – TECO)
- Typhoon Formation, Structure and Intensity Change in Western NP and Wave Observation and Modeling (MECO – TECO)
- Optimization of the Operational Capabilities of Hydromet Sensors in Line with International Standards (WMO Standards) for Effective Weather, Flood Warning (CBFEWS) and Application to Research
- Enhancing the Hydro-meteorological Hazards Monitoring and Risk Assessment Capabilities of PAGASA through the Adoption and integration of NOAH Operating Systems
- Drought and Crop Assessment and Forecasting (DCAF)
- Detecting Tropical Cyclones in a Downscaled Regional Climate Model for CORDEX – SEA
- Analysis of the Influence of Sea Surface Temperature Representation in Downscaled Regional Climate Using the SEACLID/CORDEX – Southeast Asia Simulations
- Multi-temporal and Extremes Analysis of Modeled Climatology over the Philippines in the SEA CORDEX Domain
- Project CHARM (Cloud Harvesting and Artificial Rain Making)
- Climate Monitoring and Prediction System (CLIMPS)
- Farm Weather Information System (FWIS)
- Sectoral Impact Modeling System (SIMS)
Completed Foreign-Assisted Projects were:
- Services for the development of municipal level sub-seasonal surface wave height and solar radiation forecast products under UNFA/GLO/616/UND on Integrating Agriculture Sectors into National Adaptation Plan (NAP-AgS Project)
- Severe Wind Hazard and Risk Assessment in Selected Super Typhoon Yolanda Affected Areas in Visayas
- Action Ready Climate Knowledge to Improve Disaster Risk Management for Small Holder Farmers in the Philippines (ACIAR ASEM Project)
- Improvement of Capabilities to Cope with Natural Disasters caused by Climate Change – Rehabilitation of Equipment to Strengthen FFWS for Bicol River Basin (NPGA Bicol Project)
- Automation of Flood Early Warning System for Disaster Mitigation in Greater Metro Manila (KOICA 3)
- Development and Implementation of User-Relevant End-to-End Hydrological Forecast Generation and Application System for Disaster Mitigation in the Philippines (RIMES Project)
- Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese SMEs Products 2012 (NPGA Mindanao Project – JICS 1)
- Strengthening Capacity of Integrated Data Management of Flood Forecasting and Warning (JFreeDAM Project)
- Resilience and Preparedness towards Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program
Likewise PAGASA has provided forecasts and warnings for Tropical Cyclone within Philippine Area of Responsibility; worked on Enhancement of PAGASA’S Weather Observing Facilities by installing 16 Doppler Radar and 8 Frequency Doppler radar (HFDR) and 4 ongoing installation and completed installation of 10 Lightning Detection System (Laoag, Baguio, Batanes, Batangas, Infanta, Tuguegarao, Aparri, Baler, San Jose, Mindoro and Clark).
PAGASA has also installed Unmanned Sea Surface Vessel (USSV) Training and Launching in Daet, Camarines Norte. It has provided a wider dissemination and easy access of climatological and agrometeorological information, seasoned forecast and advisories through the “PAYONG PAGASA” mobile application and has initiated the Mobile Interactive Digital Signage (IDIS)
PAGASA has conducted planetarium shows and lectures through Mobile Planetariums located at PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
It has also Conducted the 100th Climate Outlook Forum which was attended by DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña, Mr. Stephen Gluning, UN World Food Programme Country Director and Dr. Wassila M. Thiaw, Climate Prediction Center of NOAA, USA.
Furthermore, PAGASA has conducted the 2018 Chief Meteorological Officers (CMO) National Conference on 19-22 March 2018 in Laguna.
PAGASA has launched the New Website on 11 June 2018 held at Sequioa Hotel, Quezon City.
On December 7, 2018, the Inaugural Ceremony of Pasig-Marikina-Tullahan River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center at PAGASA WFFC Bldg. Diliman, Quezon City.
PAGASA, aware of the trending use of Social Media has installed the PAGASA Facebook, PAGASA Twitter and PAGASA Youtube Accounts. It has also installed the Metro Manila Flood Monitoring website.
As to published papers, PAGASA has published paper on “Providing future climate projections using multiple models and methods: insights from the Philippines” and “Observed and modelled temperature and precipitation extremes over Southeast Asia from 1972 to 2010”. It has published Technical Report “Observed Climate Trends and Climate Projections in the Philippines.
So far PAGASA has completed papers “High-resolution regional climate model projections of future tropical cyclone activity in the Philippines” and “Projected changes in rainfall and temperature over the Philippines from multiple dynamical downscaling models”. (MegaManila Science Journalists Group)