Light Detection and Ranging: UP DREAM Program Nationwide Detailed Resources Assessment Using LiDAR
In a rapidly changing world, new data will always come in handy. Such is an important matter for a country like the Philippines which has overwhelmingly rich natural resources but is often troubled with overpopulation, wrong urban planning, and natural hazards that disrupt the environment and leave the people vulnerable.
Hence, the government initiated a project involving data extraction to map the country’s natural resources with the hope of being useful in monitoring, planning, and formulating policies for disaster preparedness and mitigation.
The government used an existing technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) under a project called Phil-LiDAR 2, which was simultaneously conducted under Phil-LiDAR 1 from 2014 to 2017. Both projects used LiDAR technology and were under the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Program.
While Phil-LiDAR 1 generated detailed flood hazard maps for major river basins nationwide, the Phil-LiDAR 2 project aimed to map the country’s agricultural, forest, coastal, hydrologic, and renewable energy resources.
Phil-LiDAR 2 was implemented nationwide and for three years, experts from 14 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) combined their efforts to achieve the project goals.