LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has installed an Automated Weather Station (AWS) in Camarines Norte, the third of this kind of state-of-the-art climate monitoring facilities made available in Bicol in cooperation with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The new facility was established at an elevated area within the College of Engineering compound of the Camarines Norte State College in Jose Panganiban, a secluded town along the northern coastlines of the province known for its rich fishing ground and gold panning activities, DOST regional director for Bicol Tomas Briñas said here over the week.
“This facility will function as a real time climate changes monitor for the province that will serve in enhancing the preparedness of local government units against calamities brought about by severe weather situations including the occurrences of El Niño and La Niña phenomena,” Briñas said.
The project is through the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the DOST in cooperation with PAGASA and in coordination with the Camarines Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) and the municipal government of Jose Panganiban, he said.
The same facility that provide a platform prompt data transmission to the regional PAGASA forecast center in this city and to the national weather monitoring mother station in Quezon City has also been set up earlier in Albay and Sorsogon that are among the strategic areas in Bicol where the importance of knowing the risks and impact of climate change has been deemed necessary.
These facilities automatically receive and interpret through its software components weather conditions such as rainfall volume, wind speed and directions and other related matters that compliment the other weather PAGASA forecasting stations in the region particularly the tracker system here and then the Doppler Radar System being set up in the island province of Catanduanes.
The Doppler is state-of-the-art technology which has three major components such as meteorological radar system; meteorological data display system and the meteorological data satellite communications system (VSAT).
It is being made available first in Catanduanes as part of the P1.6-billion grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Two other Doppler radar stations would be established in Aparri, Cagayan and Guian, Eastern Samar as the remaining parts of this project.
Setting up of another AWS is also being readied in Masbate, another island province of Bicol to enable local farmers, fishermen, businessmen, disaster risk reduction managers and practically everybody to obtain from the PAGASA quality meteorological data to serve their respective purposes. (PNA)