To address disaster management needs the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated the maiden flights of two Cessna 206 airplanes loaded with special LiDAR equipment. These planes and the equipment they carry will play a part in creating 3-dimensional (3D) maps of the Philippines. The 3D maps generated will eventually provide government agencies with better data for risk management.
According to Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Program Leader of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program, Google Earth and Google Maps lack 3D coordinate. “It has a few 3D maps but only for select cities, like New York in the US,” he notes.