Another successful milestone of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management, Central Luzon State University (ICCEM, CLSU) is its recently concluded project from PHiL-LIDAR 1 Program, titled, “LiDAR Data Processing and Validation in Luzon: Region III and Pangasinan” under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto. Said project is an expansion of the DREAM Program which aims to produce 3-D flood hazard maps of the Philippine river systems. Aside from addressing disaster risk and climate change, the resource information generated from the project will also be useful in providing necessary information for various sectors. It commenced in April 2014 and was concluded last March 2017.
The 3-Year project produced series of 1D and 2D flood hazard maps from the processed LiDAR derived datasets. Corollary to this are exposure and vulnerability assessment of building extracted from LiDAR derived datasets, remote sensing application of the geophysical changes in the coastlines, and ecological profiling all covering rivers of Region 3 and Pangasinan. IEC materials and Phil-LiDAR website were also developed. Seminars on flood contingency and on importance of flood hazard maps were conducted. The generated flood hazard maps were then turned over to respective municipalities/cities so they can utilize them in their local climate change adaptation plan (LCCAP).
During the 3-year project, the team attended several seminars and conferences where some members of the research team presented their research papers on LiDAR and remote sensing technology garnering some awards. Best Paper Award was given to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto during the RSCy 2017 in Paphos, Cyprus for the paper titled, Remote Sensing in Detection of Geophysical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines Some of these research papers were peer reviewed and published in ISI/SCOPUS journals. Last December 5, 2017, culminating conference for Phil-LiDAR 1 Program was held at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.