Project NOAH finds new home at UP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2017 10:22 PM

MANILA - After it was let go by the Department of Science and Technology, Project NOAH now has a new digital home at the University of the Philippines.

Those interested in viewing the new site can go to center.noah.up.edu.ph.

The project, which has been instrumental in helping Filipinos prepare for weather-related disasters, started in 2012 and was supposed to end in 2015. It was extended until the end of February 2017, then its fate became uncertain as the DOST decided to discontinue it, and pass it on to other agencies such as weather bureau PAGASA.

While PAGASA said it would be capable of handling the project, it was eventually passed to the premier state university, which created the UP NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) Center in March.

Project NOAH is made up of about 20 disaster science research and development projects, and maps and forecasts floods, storm surges, landslides, and other natural hazards. The data it collects were formerly available in its blog, which has been transitioned into the UP NOAH Center webpage.

“Just like our previous blog site, our goal is to provide our end-users with the news, announcements, and latest developments of NOAH,” project personnel said on the NOAH Facebook page on Thursday.

The new page boasts a mobile-adaptive interface that makes it easier for people to view the site on their mobile phones and tablets, and contains stories and information that would be helpful in disaster mitigation.

Despite the new website, the NOAH apps for Android and iOS, as well as other platforms, are still functional, the center said.

As a national scientific research center under UP, the NOAH Center will continue to generate information, models and applications useful in helping the public to prepare for natural disasters, among others.

It will also continue to work with the government’s various agencies, including the National Risk Reduction Management Council, and the Climate Change Commission.