The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) vows to improve its delivery of weather information as new study shows that public knowledge was insufficient to fully understand concepts on weather, climate, and disaster issues.
The study, which was conducted by the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) and Project NOAH Strategic Communications Interventions Project Team with the help of DOST- National Capital Region titled "Understanding and Appreciation of Weather Information" and was revealed in the form of a poster presentation during the 81st National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) General Membership Assembly and International Scientific Conference dubbed as Future Earth, Future Philippines held at the Manila Hotel March 26-27, is aimed at measuring and understanding the public perceptions and familiarization on weather information and delivery.
Based on the DOST-STII study, majority of people rely on television as the primary source of weather information followed by radio broadcasts, newspaper, internet, mobile phones, and barangay officials. Participants in the said study which came from various inland and coastal communities in Metro Manila believe that weather information remains to be too scientific and too general which result to low rate of comprehension.
Also, the need to "laymanize" the delivery of weather information does not only mean translating vital information from English to the vernacular but also making the people understand terminologies and concepts so that people can understand the possible impacts to them and make informed decisions.
In response to the huge challenges in accurate and laymanized weather forecasting, DOST is conducting a roadshow in various regions of the country for its "Iba na ang Panahon! Science for Safer Communities"-a two day workshop designed for the local chief executives (LCE) and provincial disaster risk reduction managers (PDRRM).
The project aims to come up with a localized disaster risk reduction communications protocols through various hazard scenario building exercises conducted by various hydro and geohazards experts from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, and Project NOAH.
These communications protocols will help LCEs and PDRRMs streamline weather and emergency information down to the communities seamlessly. Through these efforts and with the help of new weather early warning tools such as high resolution maps and weather modelling software, the future Philippines can expect sunny outlooks all throughout the year.
The DOST-NRCP General Membership Assembly and Scientific Conference convenes hundreds of homegrown Filipino researchers, scientists, innovators, and economists to discuss the future prospects of the country amid the threats of climate change.
Moreover, the event brought in two Nobel Laureates Richard F. Heck and Yuan T. Lee.
Dr. Richard Heck was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 6, 2010, with the Japanese chemists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, for their work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis which is used in pharmaceuticals and electronics industries.
Dr. Yuan T. Lee on the other hand was a 1986 Nobel Prize laureate who, together with John C. Polanyi and American and Dudley R. Herschbach, contributed to the dynamics of chemical elementary processes. Dr. Lee presented his paper titled Future Earth, the Initiative for Global Sustainability, which tackles the current and future state of world climate which is believe to hit 4°C at the end of the century.