Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Telco supports Pagasa project

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s (Pagasa) state-of-the-art project aimed at greatly enhancing the weather bureau’s flood forecasting capability in Metro Manila and other areas has found support in Globe Telecom.

The project called Establishment of Early Warning and Response System for Metro Manila will set up a network of advanced monitoring facilities that will include automatic weather stations, rainfall gauging stations, and water level gauging stations that will enable Pagasa to provide accurate and real-time weather forecasts and warnings.

Globe, along with other telecom firms, has allowed rainfall gauging stations to be put up in several of its cell sites.

Pagasa Administrator Prisco Nilo said the network of rainfall stations will be very crucial in calibrating the weather bureau’s Subic Bay and Tagaytay City radars in order to improve rainfall estimates and augment flood forecasting data for the metropolis.

The project will be ready in time for the rainy season with the recent signing of an agreement between Pagasa and the South Korean government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) for the funding of the project.

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