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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

  • SDGs13
  • SDGs17
  • SDGs11
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) 日本 Prof.
TAKAHASHI Yukihiro
(Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University)
フィリピン Dr.
Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr.
(Acting Director, Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI))
Research Institutions in Japan Hokkaido University / Tokyo Metropolitan University
Research Institutions in Philippines Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) / University of the Philippines Diliman
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of the Philippines
General Description of the Research Project

Establishment of the world’s highest-density thunderstorm observation network and cloud stereography using micro-satellite
Torrential rainfall from thunderstorms and typhoons are causing large-scale disasters in Southeast Asia and other regions of the world. Such extreme weather events, however, are still very difficult to monitor and predict with high precision even with the combined use of conventional ground-based observations, meteorological satellites and state-of-the-art weather radars. The project aims to dramatically improve torrential rainfall prediction by building the world’s highest-density thunderstorm observation network with 60 observation sites as well as establishing a cloud stereography method with unprecedented precision through agile operation of micro-satellites.

Establishment of a method to monitor and predict the three-dimensional structure of thunderstorms and typhoons with the world’s highest precision
The combined operation of a super low-cost, ground-based, high-density observation network and micro-satellite about 1/100th the price of conventional satellites demonstrates great ability in monitoring not only torrential rainfall but many other types of disasters as well as environmental monitoring for agriculture, forestry and fisheries and atmospheric and marine pollution. The project will pioneer a practical model in the Philippines as a proposal to the rest of the world.

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Local survey of locations of weather monitoring units of PAGASA

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Survey on the locations of weather monitoring units in Manila

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Environmental measurement performed on a bridge parapet in Manila

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Demonstration test of a weather monitoring unit performed in Japan

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