2016 Paper on “A Real Time Urban Flood Monitoring System for Metro Manila”

5 Dec 2018 11:05 AM


A real time urban flood monitoring system was deployed into two streets (Earnshaw and San Diego Streets) on España Boulevard, Manila. The system consists of a ground-based pressure sensor and a rain gauge connected to a locally designed data logger with telemetry capabilites using GPRS network. Data from the stations are received by a TCP server and is processed in order to provide visual information and realtime flood updates through mobile and web services. An ahead of time flood estimation system was implemented using a Random Forest algorithm in order to provide an early warning advisory to motorist and users of the system. Results from the test validation show that the resulting prediction model indicates a strong predictive performance without relying on rainfall-runoff model obtained through geological and hydrological surveys.


Felan C. Garcia
Science Research Specialist II

Felan Carlo recently completed his master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines – Los Banos.

Today, Felan Carlo works under the Solutions and Services Engineering Division (SSED) as a regular employee for the past four years. Being part of the Flood Sensor Development Installation and Monitoring of Urban Flooding in Metro Manila (Urban Flood) project is what keeps him occupied these past few months.

Alvin E. Retamar
Chief Science Research Specialist

Alvin started his engagement with the DOST-ASTI under the Presidential Summer Youth Work Program (PSYWP) and had been absorbed by the agency and risen in rank through his years of service.

Being the SSED Chief, he leads notable projects of their group such as the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center (PEDRO), and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) for Innovative Terrestrial Monitoring and Maritime Surveillance (NovaSAR-S) among others. He is also part of the Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-MICROSAT) Program as the leader in Project 2 entitled “Establishment of Ground Receiving Station for the PHL-MICROSAT”.

Joven C. Javier
Science Research Specialist II

After graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the New Era University, Joven continued his education in Japan for a Masteral Degree in SPACE Engineering International course in the Kyushu Institute of Technology. He is part of the team who worked on the country’s first cube satellite (CubeSat), Maya-1, which was recently launched into space from the International Space Stations (ISS).

Mr. Javier is one of the authors of “A Real Time Urban Flood Monitoring System for Metro Manila” and “Development of a Predictive Model for On-Demand Remote River Level Nowcasting: Case Study in Cagayan River Basin, Philippines”. He was in-charge of the hardware development and debugging, sensor deployment, and sensor data output quality assurance for these papers.

Published on

 07 January 2016

Presented in

2015 IEEE Region 10 Conference

Published at

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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