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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PAGASA Doppler radar to start operation on February

by Edna A. Bagadiong

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 18, (PIA)- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Doppler Radar facility located in Buenavista, Bato will start its full operation in February 2012.

The said facility was constructed through a loan of P560 million from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The equipment will be transferred to PAGASA before its full operation.

The Doppler radar, which is the first of its kind in Asia, is just one of the three radar facilities being constructed in the Philippines. The Aparri building is now halfway to completion while the Guiuan project just started.

Instead of the usual magnetron that generates radio waves, Japanese designers of the solid-state radar system shows excellent quality Doppler Radar images.

The meteorological equipment is capable of tracking the amount and movement of rainfall, particularly during typhoons and thunderstorms, within a range of 480 kilometers.

The radar facilities being built in the country has four major components- a radar system, a data display system, a satellite communications system, and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), all enclosed in a radar tower building.

To date, 19 personnel from PAGASA are now undergoing training for the use of the radar equipment. (EAB/PIA Catanduanes)

 
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