NOAH Open File Reports

In 2011, extreme weather due to Typhoons Pedring, Quiel and Sendong had a great impact on the Philippines’ population, environment, and economy. The response of President Aquino’s administration has been to implement a responsive program to enhance the disaster prevention and mitigation capabilities of the country’s responsible agencies. This is the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Implemented on 6 July 2012, its mission is to undertake disaster science research and development and recommend information services in the government’s efforts to prevent and mitigate the impact of natural hazards through partnerships with the academe and other stakeholders.

The NOAH Open File Reports began in October 2013, after scientists and researchers of the DOST NOAH Program had conducted several studies on the different disaster events that occurred since the program’s inception in 2012, including the Flash Floods wrought on Cagayan De Oro by Typhoon Sendong, the New Bataan Debris Flow, and the 2013 Bohol Earthquake.

In coordination with the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP NIGS), the online annual publication seeks to record lessons from these disaster events. These reports, conducted alongside the efforts of the NOAH Program to prevent and mitigate the impact of natural hazards, seek to document these events scientifically in order to gain knowledge in how to avoid or at least minimize its effects on the Filipinos affected by these calamities.

Articles in the open file reports are sent out for review to both local and international peers. Only manuals, commentaries, articles, features, essays, guidelines, and policy papers included in the open file reports are peer reviewed internally. Depending on the review, the editorial staff of DOST-Project NOAH makes the decision on the manuscript’s publication to the open file reports (ISSN 2362 7409) with consideration on the timeliness of disseminating critical information.

The NOAH Open File Reports also include assessments, studies, and research outputs of the project component leaders and researchers.

Volume 1 (2013)

Vol 1, Pages 1-2: Report: What hit Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley (Initial Assessment)

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Vol 1, Pages 3-4: Report: Understanding Rainfall Return

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Vol 1, Pages 5-9: Report: Magnitude 7.2 temblor rocks Bohol, Philippines (Initial assessment)

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Vol 1, Pages 10-21: Report: Landslide hazard mapping of Leyte Province, Philippines using remote sensing, numerical modeling, and GIS

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Vol 1, Pages 22-24: Report: Estimate of Informal Settlers at Risk from Storm Surges vs. Number of Fatalities in Tacloban City (Yolanda PH)

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Vol 1, Pages 25-31: Report: Disseminating Near-real Time Hazards Information and Flood Maps in the Philippines through Web-GIS

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Volume 2 (2014)

Vol 2, Pages 1-2: Feature: Preparing for Zero-Casualty in an Island in Northern Iloilo

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Vol 2, Pages 3-4: Essay: Practice: An Anthropological Look at the Game of Life

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Vol 2, Pages 5-6: Feature: PROJECT NOAH – ClimateX: Accurate Rain Forecasting for the Philippines

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Vol 2, Pages 7-11: Report: Compilation of Storm Surge Occurrences in the Philippines

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Vol 2, Pages 12-16: Report: Volcanoes magnify Metro Manila’s southwest monsoon rains and lethal floods

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Volume 3 (2014) 

Vol 3, Pages 1-8: Report: Hazard Mapping of Structurally Controlled Landslide in Southern Leyte, Philippines Using High Resolution Digital Elevation Model

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Vol 3, Pages 9-21: Report: Debris Flow Hazard Map Simulation using FLO-2D for Selected Areas in the Philippines

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Vol 3, Pages 22-27: Report: Comparison of various remote sensing classification methods for landslide detection using ArcGIS

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Vol 3, Pages 28-36: Report: Shallow Landslide Susceptibility Mapping for Selected Areas in the Philippines Severely Affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan

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Vol 3, Pages 37-44: Report: Development of Inundation Map for Bantayan Island, Cebu Using Delft3D-Flow Storm Surge Simulations of Typhoon Haiyan

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Vol 3, Pages 45-56: Report: Devastating Storm Surges of Typhoon Yolanda 

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Vol 3, Pages 57-72: Report: Developing an early warning system for storm surge inundation in the Philippines

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Vol 3, Pages 73-87: Report: Identification of Storm Surge Vulnerable Areas in the Philippines through Simulations of Typhoon Haiyan-Induced Storm Surge Using Tracks of Historical Typhoons

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Vol 3, Pages 88-93: Report: National Scale Rainfall Map Based on Linearly Interpolated Data from Automatic Weather Stations and Rain Gauges

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Vol 3, Pages 94-114: Report: Reported Storm Surge during Tropical Cyclone Glenda (Rammasun)

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Vol 3, Pages 115-135: Policy Paper: Priority, Capacity, Information (A three stage approach to implementing disaster risk reduction and management at the local level)

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Volume 4 (2015)

Vol 4, Pages 1-7: Report: Debris Flow Numerical Modelling using High Resolution Digital Terrain Models of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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Vol 4, Pages 8-29: Report: Street floods in Metro Manila and possible solutions

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Vol 4, Pages 30-35: Report: Landslide detection using univariate classification of NDVI di fferences

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Vol 4, Pages 36-43: Report: Bongabon, Gabaldon and Laur, Nueva Ecija debris flows triggered by Typhoon Koppu

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Vol 4, Pages 44-50: Report: Debris Flow Hazard Map Simulations using FLO-2D for Selected Areas in the Philippines

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Volume 5 (2016)

Vol 5, Page 1: Feature: The Importance of Hazard Maps in Averting Disasters

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Vol 5, Pages 2-11: Report: Differentiation of debris flow deposits through image classification of Landsat 8 images in Nueva Ecija after Typhoon Koppu

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Vol 5, Pages 12-19: Report: Deep-seated rotational soil slump induced by Typhoon Goni in Sitio Buagi, Bakun, Benguet

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Vol 5, Pages 20-29: Report: Storm surge inundation validation in Daram, Samar during Typhoon Hagupit (2014)

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