The Information and Communications Technology - Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (ICT-DRRM) Section of the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST-XI) successfully completed the three-day virtual Flood Mapping Training Series on 12-14 October 2021.

DOST-XI’s ICT-DRRM Section, composed of ICT practitioners, Jonathan Victolero, John Paolo Boniel, Ephraim Franco, Rey Suarez, and Sukarno Sukarno, was the first DOST Regional Office to be trained on the use of the flood mapping methodology developed by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

Experts from DOST-ASTI Remote Sensing and Data Science: DATOS Project Help Desk conducted the training that was composed of lectures, discussions, and hands-on training on the processes, system requirements, and technologies for the said methodology.

DATOS capitalizes on the current advancements of computing technology and applies it in the fields of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science to provide maps and other information for disaster risk reduction applications. One of its products is the flood map, a visualization tool that can show potential and actual flooded areas of a calamity-stricken place. This allows government and other stakeholders to assess hazards and actual impacts of weather events and serves as guide in their rescue operations and rehabilitation efforts.

According to DOST-XI’s ICT-DRRM Section, the regional office will now assist DOST-ASTI in producing flood impact maps in the region on flood disasters. The utilization of maps will be a contribution to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council XI (RDRRMC XI) in strategizing and responding to flood related disasters.

“Our next step is to enhance the skills that we have learned by constant practice in generating maps. We also aim to introduce this to the Regional DRRM Council XI which includes the National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, and other stakeholders for utilization,” Boniel said. DOST XI S&T Promotion

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