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DOST and Mapua University launch WEHLO Weather Monitoring System

The system aims to enhance disaster preparedness and risk management across the country.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Mapua University unveiled a groundbreaking localized weather monitoring system called the WEHLO (Localized Weather, Environment, and Hydromet) Monitoring System. Developed by an engineering team from Mapua University, this system aims to enhance disaster preparedness and risk management across the country.

WEHLO (Localized Weather, Environment, and Hydromet) Monitoring System

The WEHLO Monitoring System goes beyond weather updates by analyzing the effects of heavy rains, identifying areas at risk of flooding or landslides, and estimating their duration, providing key information for local government units (LGUs). The data can be transmitted through the web, SMS, and social media platforms.

Moreover, it can function without human intervention. Despite being unmanned, WEHLO adheres to the standards set by the World Meteorological Organization and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA will automatically receive all data transmitted by WEHLO.

Enrico Paringit, Director of the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), emphasized the importance of WEHLO for LGU preparedness. With only 82 PAGASA stations primarily located in cities and 100 automatic or unmanned stations, many areas lack adequate weather monitoring infrastructure.

The WEHLO team has already conducted validation tests with LGUs in Infanta-General Nakar, Quezon, and Pantabangan-Angat, Bulacan. These tests demonstrated the system’s effectiveness and accuracy in providing essential weather information.

LGUs who want to avail of the WEHLO service need to invest at least PHP 1 million. Interested parties can contact the WEHLO developers or inquire directly with PCIEERD in Taguig City.

Source: PNA
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