Behind the Science Podcast: Post-disaster Mapping using Drones


The UP Resilience Institute, in its dedication to innovation and research, continues to release relevant and applicable papers that contribute to building disaster and climate resilience in the country. These papers have become widely referenced and translated into readily usable technology for the public.

Behind every published academic paper lies a story. Before it undergoes peer-review or gets submitted to a journal, the narrative starts taking shape in the field, amid data collection, during casual conversations with colleagues, and even in sleep. The UP Resilience Institute, co-presented with the Marine & Earth Science Learning Hub and the UP Diliman College of Science, endeavors to bring these untold stories to you through Behind the Science Podcast.

In Behind the Science Podcast, we invite experts and specialists to share the challenges, accomplishments, and the moment they ultimately decide that research is ready for publication. This series of lighthearted talks is a refreshing and easygoing peek into the realities of academia and conducting cutting-edge research.

On the left, Paul Caesar Flores, DSc Earth Science Student, Yokohama National University, and coordinator of the Marine & Earth Science Learning Hub. On the right, Richard Ybañez, Chief Science Research Specialist of UPRI and Master of Science in Geology.

UPRI’s first episode in the podcast series was with Mr. Richard L. Ybañez, Master of Science in Geology and Chief Science Research Specialist of the UPRI Education Office. Mr. Ybañez talked about their team’s experiences in post-disaster mapping following the 2019 Central Luzon Earthquake, 2019 Cotabato Earthquakes, and 2020 Taal Eruption. He spoke of the dangers researchers experience in trying to document disasters, the even more devastating effect it has on the people, and thus the importance of such work.

Drone operation at a collapsed road in Pampanga after the 2019 Central Luzon Earthquake (left) and at Taal’s Main Crater Rim in 2021 (right).


Tune in to the BTS Podcast Episode 6: Post-disaster Mapping using Drones here:

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Check out the publication here:

Ybañez RL et al. 2021. Imaging ground surface deformations in post-disaster settings via small UAVs. Geoscience Letters, 8(1), 23.

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