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[MIS05-17] Cloud monitoring by the Philippines' first microsatellite DIWATA-1
Keywords:Microsatellite, Disaster monitoring
To date, it is well known that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. In a year, on average, there are about 18-19 typhoons that enter the Philippine area of responsibility. Predicting areas that would experience heavy rainfall will give local governments more time to evacuate affected residents. However, there have been few attempts made to perform this early prediction using satellite remote sensing data. In this paper, we focus on cloud monitoring using images obtained by DIWATA-1. Cloud activity is highly correlated with intense rainfall or thunderstorms. New application using DIWATA-1's cloud monitoring could be one of the powerful approach to catch the precursor of such natural disasters.