WB integrates Indonesian GIS tool with Project Noah

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[/caption] Project Noah, a sophisticated GIS tool developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines Diliman, was launched last year to aid the government and the public on weather patterns and disasters. According to Abigail Baca, disaster and risk management officer for World Bank?s East Asia and Pacific Region, they earlier piloted a similar GIS system in Jakarta, Indonesia called InaSAFE (Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergencies). InaSAFE, which is based on open source technology, combines data from scientists, local governments, and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events. Mahar Lagmay, executive director of Project Noah, the code that makes up InaSAFE will be integrated with Project Noah to equip the initiative with new features and enhancements. Lagmay said InaSAFE is very much applicable locally since both Indonesia and the Philippines have the same topography and natural hazards. Two Indonesian experts will be joining the training seesion to assist in the integration. ]]>

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