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NOAH and the Science of Salvation

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Contributed by Alexander J. Salazar – Teacher II, Pablo Roman National High School

Who doesn’t know the story of Noah and his ark? Noah’s ark is the vessel by which God spares Noah, his family, and a remnant of all the world’s animals from the flood. According to the book of Genesis, God gave Noah instructions for building the ark. Seven days before the deluge, God told Noah to enter the ark with his household and the animals. The story goes on to describe the ark being afloat for 150 days and then coming to rest on the Mountains of Ararat and the subsequent receding of the waters.

Nowadays, when calamities continue to endanger the lives of our countrymen, Noah is no longer just a biblical character, but a strategy for salvation.

Project NOAH or the National Operational Assessment of Hazard was created with the help of the Department of Science and Technology. The government sees this as the means to give every individual enough time to prepare and become ready for any disaster that could happen. The government learned from the past years, when thousands of lives were lost, millions worth of properties and crops were destroyed by monstrous calamities. Who can forget what happened to Manila when it was drowned by flood due to the heavy rains brought by typhoon Ondoy in 2009, and when Tacloban City was devoured by storm surge brought by the super typhoon Yolanda in 2013?

For us to be well prepared and safe from any possible disaster like typhoon, project NOAH is about building up systems and technology which aims to protect all individuals living in his country by giving early warnings and precautions to the public.

The more important aspect of the project is installing instruments that can measure and determine the latest weather condition which is called the hydro meteorological device. Some of these instruments are the automatic rain gauge (ARG), automatic weather station (AWS), and water level monitoring station (WLMS). The ARG and AWS can both measure rainfall, the only difference is that AWS has six weather parameters that can measure humidity, temperature and wind direction. The WLMS on the other hand, is a device which automatically measures the water level in rivers.

In the province of Bataan, there are four ARS and two AWS installed in different areas. The ARG can be found in Brgy. Dangcol, Brgy. Cabog-Cabog, Brgy. Cataning in the City of Balanga and the other one is installed in Bataan Peninsula State University- Orani Campus, while AWS is located in Bataan National High School in City of Balanga and in the Free port Area of Bataan (FAB) in Mariveles. The data gathered by these instruments is sent automatically to the central server of PAGASA and will be used to give the latest update of the weather condition in the province.

Some of the latest technological devices which is part of the project NOAH are the Doppler radar and light detection and ranging or LIDAR. The Doppler radar is a radar tracking system using the Doppler effect to determine the exact location and velocity of a storm, clouds, precipitation, etc. Using the radio frequency analog front end and radar processor of the Doppler radar, this can also be used to measure the sea waves, wind pressure and motion of the ocean caused by the bad weather condition. While, the content geo-hazard maps of the Philippines which is responsible for specifying the affected regions of landslides and flashfloods will be enhanced using the LIDAR. The LIDAR will be used to form a high resolution flood maps and geo- hazard maps that will measure the three dimensions such as the depth, length and the width from above the sky.

All the information collected by these instruments and devices will be useful not only to the authorities, but to the people in general. The DOST created a website which contains the gathered data of the instruments through pictures and graphics that will inform the public on the latest update on weather condition in a certain area.

The process of salvation is not easy especially if we rely solely to the government authorities for our safety. Despite all the efforts of the government, our own security and safety still rest in our own hands. The project NOAH can help every ordinary people by providing accurate and timely information and data about the nature of weather for us to be prepared and safe but we still have to do our part.

Reference:

Department of Science and Technology. Project Noah. http://noah.dost.gov.ph/#/

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