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UP RI and NOAH Researchers Visit the UP Los Baños Campus for the Resilient Campuses Project

As part of the UP Resilience Institute and UP NOAH Center's efforts under the UP Resilient Campuses Project, researchers visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños Campus last week, from January 16 to 19, 2018.

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Some of the objectives for the event include the validation of OpenStreetMap data in the campus, capacity assessment of the different units through interviews, and collection of existing reference material from the university records. Examples of the baseline data gathered by the team are the campus' Land Use Map, occupational health and safety standards committee reports from 2013 to 2017, Engineering Geological and Geohazards Assessment Report (EGGAR) on the proposed expansion project in the lower and upper campuses of the university, and the campus' environmental performance report and management plan.

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The team also held a meeting with campus officials to discuss further collaboration with the UP Resilience Institute with its efforts for the Resilient Campuses Project and other initiatives. This includes the endeavor to help the Climate Change Commission in training Local Government Units (LGUs) with science-based information and technologies for development planning by using multi-scenario, probabilistic hazard models. This directive is stated under the Special Provision of the General Appropriations Act of 2018 (GAA 2018) which was signed into law last December 19, 2017.

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UP Los Baños College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Felino P. Lansigan (far left), along with representatives of the different Vice Chancellor's Offices were present at the meeting with the UP Resilience Institute.

Geologists from the UP RI and NOAH Center also trekked the slopes of Mount Makiling to gather rock samples and validate the previously completed landslide hazard maps that can be viewed and downloaded on the NOAH website.

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A UP NOAH researcher investigates a lava flow deposit site in Mount Makiling.

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A geologist of the UP NOAH Center examines the aftermath of an October 2017 landslide along the slopes of Mount Makiling.

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51 buildings in the campus were surveyed for additional information to be included in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) platform.

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32 building administrators were interviewed to gather information about the campus' facilities as well as existing plans and efforts to build resilience against climate change and adverse natural hazard impacts.