DOST-ASTI holds Satellite Imagery Acqusition training with NovaSAR-1

Last December 2, 2019, researchers from the UP Resilience Institute, Audrei Anne Ybañez, Angelu Bermas, and Jannine Vasquez participated in the NovaSAR-1 Image Collection and Planning System (ICPS) User Training for the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) with Automatic Identification System (AIS) Project. The training was held at the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) in Diliman, Quezon City. The SAR with AIS for Innovative Terrestrial Monitoring and Maritime Surveillance is implemented by DOST-ASTI in response to the needs of government agencies, stakeholders and research institutes.


UP RI researchers and other participants train in using the PEDRO tasking portal for data acquisition.

The establishment of the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center (PEDRO) Center was discussed by Julius M. Judan. The center serves as a hub and a ground receiving station with access to RADAR and optical satellite images from numerous satellites circling the earth. Some of these satellites include the Philippines’ DIWATA-1, DIWATA-2, and MAYA-1. The PEDRO Center also has access to satellites operated by other countries such as KOMPSAT-1, PlanetScope, and WorldView-1.On August 2019, the PEDRO Center also gained access to the NovaSAR-1, a satellite launched in 2018. The satellite NovaSAR-1 enables acquisition of earth observation data through cloud cover in order to detect land cover, vegetation, aquatic systems and marine vessels.


Julius M. Judan introduces the PEDRO Center during the ICPS User Training. 

Another discussion centered on the DATOS Help Desk conducted by Jo Brianne Briones. DATOS project under DOST-ASTI  focuses on applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science in providing useful maps related to disaster risk reduction. 


Jo Brianne Briones discusses applications of GIS, RS, AI, and Data Science used by the DATOS Help Desk.

To fulfill its goals of providing free access to satellite images, the PEDRO Center established a tasking portal for requesting users. On the third discussion, Joshua Frankie B. Rayo explained how the tasking portal works. The tasking portal shows the time of image capture on their areas of interest which then allows government agencies, stakeholders, state universities, and research institutes to submit requests for these images. The training was attended by over 20 participants from different institutions such as the Office of Civil Defense, National Security Council, Department of Budget and Management, and National Institute of Geological Sciences.


Joshua Frankie B. Rayo  explains how to use the PEDRO tasking portal in submitting requests for data.