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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

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(Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University)
Research Institutions in Japan Hokkaido University
Research Institutions in Philippines Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI, DOST)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of the Philippines
General Description of the Research Project This project aims to mitigate the damage resulting from extreme weather events for human lives and social activities in Metropolitan Manila and other urban areas in Philippines, through an establishment of the system to measure thunderstorm activity using lightning discharge measurements and micro-satellites. Specifically, we will install radio wave receivers for the lightning detection, throughout the Philippines, and construct a dense network in Metro Manila consisting of 10s-100s of observation sites with electric field detector and meteorological sensors.
Adding to the lightning measurements, the analysis of cloud images obtained via the on-demand operation of micro-satellites will provide three-dimensional structure of thundercloud. By integrating the lightning measurements with ground observation network and the cloud imaging with micro-satellites together with existing meteorological observations by automated weather stations, meteorological radars and geostationary satellites, we aim to establish the real-time monitoring of torrential rainfall and nowcast of extreme weathers including typhoon, which will lead to the public warning system, covering all over the country, especially in the Metro Manila.
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