The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. (The OML Center) has awarded research grants to seven projects aimed at mitigating climate change. The University of the Philippines has won three projects which were combined into one program creatively called WHATSUP, aimed at developing weather and hazard alert and tracking system for urban areas in the Philippines through the use of mobile applications.
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Europe’s premier geosciences union awarded its Plinius Medal to one of the Philippine's leading disaster experts on Wednesday, April 15, in Vienna, Austria.
Dr Alfredo Mahar Lagmay has been cited for his "outstanding interdisciplinary natural-hazard research and natural-disaster engagement in the Philippines, particularly with respect to volcanic hazards, earthquakes, typhoons, landslides and floods," the European Geosciences Union (EGU) said.
Representing the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) of the Philippines Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), six Filipino experts presented their work in the field of climate science and disaster management. The delegation from the Philippines included Dr. Gay Jane Perez, Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, UP Diliman; Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Los Banos; and Dr. Gay Defiesta, Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas.
One purpose of disaster mapping is to delineate hazard-prone areas in a locality. These danger zones are borne by natural calamities such as landslides, flooding or tidal waves and storm surges along coastal areas.
As one of the key objectives in the determination of danger zones, disaster mapping would then be the basis for the authorities to call for a relocation of residents living within and along these disaster prone areas in order to avoid further loss of lives and properties arising from natural calamities.
At the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, resilience education is a part of the curriculum. Civil Engineering 10 is a class on disaster mitigation, adaptation, and preparedness strategies for UP students. It was first taught during the 1st semester of school year 2013-2014. The class is managed by a team of 6 teachers from different academic fields.
The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) will showcase “green” technology using “cool roofs” to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.