Disaster Risk Reduction For Youth

Disaster Risk Reduction For the Youth Science-based Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction by Dr. Leoncio A. Amadore and Rolando G. Valenzuela, MNSA. IESM's professorial lecturer Dr. Leoncio Amadore is a co-author of this book intended for Senior High School education. A copy of which is available now as the IESM Library.

IESM invites to the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series

This coming 3rd week of our IESM 15th Anniversary Lecture Series, we will have another set of experts for you. Dr. Francisc Magbanua, will share his lecture titled "Modified stream visual assessment protocol: A monitoring tool to assess stream ecosystem health over time and promote local participation in water resources management", and Engr. Job Jacob Gonzales to talk about "B the BigSHOW: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy". This will be held on the 12th of March 2018 (2-4 PM) at the IESM Auditorium.

See you there! Happy 15th Anniversary IESM!
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15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series with Dr. Josefino Comiso

IESM in partnership with the Predictions of the Environment and Application of Remote Sensing (PEARS) Laboratory brought another insightful talk for the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series on March 7, 2018 at the IESM Auditorium. NASA Emeritus Scientist and one of the institute's visiting professor, Dr. Josefino Comiso had enlightened the crowd of the recent advances in satellite remote sensing of the environment. He shared his knowledge on the basics of remote sensing, historical satellite data, most current satellite data, applications for environmental research, and new systems and big data handling. Amongst the attendees were from DOST-PCIEERD, DOST-ASTI, UP NOAH, NIP, MSI, and others. Photos taken by Jayson.

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Schedule of the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series

Celebrating its Crystal Anniversary, the Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology presents an exciting academic lecture series where various outstanding scientists talks about their different fields of expertise in environmental and atmospheric sciences as well as oceanography. Here is the schedule of the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series. See you there!

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15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series with Dr. Amadore and Dr. Castaneda

Continuing our month-long anniversary celebration with the insightful IESM 15th Anniversary Lecture Series, a back-to-back talk from our resident professorial lecturer Dr. Leoncio Amadore and from one of our respectable alumna Dr. Soledad Castaneda. Dr. Amadore talked about "Moving towards wind hazard, Impact-based forecasting and early warning" while Dr. Castaneda discussed about "Environmental Forensics".  Photos taken by Trix.

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15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series with Dr. Yoneyama, Dr. Reid, and Dr. Pullen

March 1 marked the start of the month-long celebration of IESM 15th Anniversary. As a kick-off of the anniversary celebration, IESM held its first part of the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series sponsored by the Sea-Air Interaction Laboratory (SAIL). The invited guest speakers were Dr. Kunio Yoneyama, who talked about YMC-Boreal Summer Monsoon Study in 2018, Dr. Jeffrey Reid shared on CAMP2Ex: The Science Behind the Mission, and Dr. Julie Pullen who discussed on the Interaction of the Air and Sea with the Maritime Continent and the PISTON Science Plan. Photos taken by Jimmy.

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IESM invites you to the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series

Following the IESM 15th Anniversary Lecture Series on March 5, here is another brain-treat for you. Dr. Josefino Comiso, our visiting professor will share his lecture titled "Recent Advances in Satellite Remote Sensing of the Environment". This will be held on 7th of March 2018 (10-11:30 AM) at the IESM Auditorium.

See you there! Happy 15th Anniversary IESM!
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A look back on the Department of Meteorology and Oceanography: Before the merger and beyond

The Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) is an academic unit of the College of Science in the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP). It was established in 2003 with the merger of the then Environmental Science Program (ESP) and the Department of Meteorology and Oceanography (DMO). As IESM celebrate its 15th founding anniversary this year, it is nice to look back.

The DMO began in 1968, then called Department of Meteorology. It was established through a World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Development Program (WMO/UNDP) Project and implemented under a UP/PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Memorandum of Agreement. This year marks its 50th anniversary.

The first class of the course Introduction to Meteorology (Met 101) was offered during the second semester of school year 1967-1968. There were five students:
Eliseo Chan, Evelyn Gomez, Rodolfo (Rody) de Guzman, Theta Ponce and Linda Santiago, all physics majors. (See personal note below).

The class was taught by Dr Jorge G. de las Alas, the first faculty member of the Department of Meteorology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Meteorology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Then Dr Dominador C. Canlas joined later. He obtained his Ph.D. from New York University with specialization in Physical Oceanography. It was after his arrival that the Department was renamed Department of Meteorology and Oceanography. Dr Canlas was one of the post-war ‘pensionados’ (‘scholars’) sent abroad by the Philippine government to the United States for postgraduate studies in meteorology and related fields (as part of the post-war reconstruction program which started in the late 1940s). Others in this group were Isidro Cariño, Hugo de la Cruz, Mariano Estoque and Jaime Tecson.

Soon after the Department was founded, there was a position opened for an instructor.  Rodolfo A. de Guzman was recruited in early 1969. He was then granted a WMO fellowship under the WMO/UNDP project. He did his M.Sc. in Meteorology at the University of Reading’s Department of Geophysics in Berkshire, England from September 1969 to June 1970. Then he did his Ph.D., again under a WMO Fellowship, in the same University from January 1977 to May 1980. His postgraduate dissertations were on Tropical Cyclone Movement, Structure and Development. From 1972 to 1975, he was with PAGASA as Project Coordinator of the NSDB/PAGASA Typhoon Research Project led by the PAGASA’s head, Dr Roman L. Kintanar. He also served as a Weather Specialist in the then newly created Typhoon Moderation Research and Development Council (TMRDC). In November 1981, he joined the WMO as Chief of the Fellowships Branch in the Education and Training Department. He worked with WMO for 27 years in various positions, retiring in 2008 as Director, Strategic Planning Office and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General.

DMO offered undergraduate service courses in which students from different fields, including in Environmental Science, enrolled. It also offered M.S., Diploma and Ph.D. programs. It was designated as the University component of the WMO Regional Association V (Southwest Pacific) Regional Meteorological Training Centre (RMTC, later known simply as RTC).  Students from various countries in the Region and beyond came to DMO. Among others, there were students from Burma (now Myanmar), Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand as well as from Costa Rica and Denmark.

The collaboration between PAGASA and DMO was mutually beneficial. Many senior PAGASA staff served in DMO in various capacities including as professorial lecturers. These included Ellaquim Adug, Jaime Bucoy, Cipriano Ferraris, Hugo de la Cruz and Jesus Flores. On the other hand, many of the current and former senior officials of PAGASA obtained their postgraduate degrees from DMO. This led to improvement of PAGASA’s operational and research capabilities in such areas as typhoon prediction, development of instability indices for thunderstorm forecasting and numerical weather prediction. PAGASA continues to benefit from these earlier developments.

This collaboration with PAGASA continued after DMO was transformed to form part of the IESM. The range of programs and activities has been expanded. It is noteworthy that current set of students come from various origins, geographically and in terms of their earlier disciplines. There is also enhanced support in terms of scholarships including from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Following the approval of Republic Act 10692 in November 2015, PAGASA is embarking in a Modernization Program. It is hoped that this Modernization Program will also redound to the benefit of the IESM and its collaboration with PAGASA. Furthermore, in pursuit of excellence and greater service, IESM and PAGASA may wish to consider additional or strengthen existing strategic alliances such as with DOST, PCIEERD, NRCP, CHED and other institutions. It is a good indication that IESM chairs the Technical Panel for Meteorology in CHED as well as the Consortium for Meteorology Education and Training (COMET).

(PERSONAL NOTE: In the second semester of 1967-1968, the course Met 101 Introduction to Meteorology was first offered. Four physics majors enrolled taking the subject as an elective. As courses were to be dissolved if there were less than five students, Rody de Guzman was approached and encouraged to be the fifth student. Rody asked: ’What is meteorology?’ ‘The study of meteors’ was the reply. The subject was going to be taught at the PAGASA Planetarium located in the UP premises. So, it made sense that it was indeed about ‘meteors’. On the first day, Dr. de las Alas introduced the subject. The five physics majors looked at one another and mouthed the words ‘wrong course!’ The five stayed on anyway. And when the post of instructor for the Department was subsequently opened, the five were priority candidates. And that started Rody’s career in meteorology. This ties up to the alternative form of the saying: ‘To err is human, to forgive divine’; in the form of ‘To err is human, but isn’t it divine?’)


Rodolfo ‘Rody’ De Guzman, PhD
(IESM Alumnus) Contributor


Series of Talks from UK Guests

IESM concluded the month of February with a series of talks from our visitors from UK Met Office, University of Reading, and University of Leeds. The talk was held at the IESM Auditorium last February 28, 2018. In the picture are Dr. Nicholas Klingaman (center wearing light blue), Dr. Sam Hardy & Dr. David Corbelli (to his right), and Dr. Juliane Schwendike (to his left). The talk was also attended by our Met faculty, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa, Dr. Gay Perez, Dr. Mylene Cayetano, and Dr. Raquel Francisco with our visiting professor, Dr. Josefino Comiso and some of our meteorology students. Photo taken by Ram.


IESM invites you to the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series

To start off IESM's Crystal Anniversary month-long celebration, we would like to invite you to attend the 15th IESM Anniversary Lecture Series. This lecture series hosted by the Sea-Air Interaction Laboratory (SAIL), caters a great set of honorable guest speakers. This will be held on 1st of March 2018 (2pm) at the IESM Auditorium.

See you there!


Series of Talks about Meteorology

We have visitors from the UK who'll give talks on Feb 28 (Wednesday) 2pm. This is really exciting! Please attend. Thanks.


IESM Crystal Anniversary

This March 2018, IESM invites you to a whole month load of fun and insightful activities as the institute celebrates its Crystal Anniversary. Check out the poster below for the schedule of events. See you there!
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For TICKET inquiries of Alumni Homecoming visit our FB event page: IESM Crystal Anniversary


First UK-Philippine TNE Conference and Education Fair

In partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (PhCHED), British Council brings you the first ever TNE conference to showcase Philippine-UK postgraduate degrees. Register today: http://bit.ly/TNEconference


2018 New Year’s eve air pollution significantly reduced, but first hour still ‘hazardous’

Originally posted on Air Today by Mylene Cayetano, Begie Perdigones, and Paul Losaria

With the nationwide ban on firecrackers through President Duterte’s Executive Order No. 28, Metro Manila’s almost 13 million residents still succumbed to “hazardous” air during the first hour of 2018.

The hazardous levels were registered in the Airtoday.ph website and application that runs a 24/7 air quality information system for Metro Manila. Between 8:00 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2017 to 7:00 AM on Monday, January 1, 2018, the air quality index ranged between “poor” and “hazardous” indicating the most polluted hours in the metro, earlier and longer compared to that of the previous year which only started at 11:00 PM of December 31, 2016 to 5:00 AM of January 1, 2017. As reminded by World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to Particulate Matter ( PM) concentrations that reach high levels even for just a short period of time could already affect the human respiratory system.

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UP Resilience Institute’s latest featured expert is IESM’s Deputy Director for Research, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa