Mobilization of Satellite Images in Response to the “New Normal”

1 Nov 2021 10:08 PM

Amidst the global pandemic, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) is working on several research initiatives to combat the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The DOST-ASTI's Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (PEDRO) Center and Remote Sensing and Data Science Help Desk (DATOS) Project worked on the deployment of satellite images to monitor areas of interest during the implementation of Enhanced Community

The pre-quarantine images were retrieved from commercial Earth observation satellite Worldview 2 (2019) and remote sensing satellite Kompsat 3 (2019), while images of Metro Manila during the quarantine period were tasked on 18 March 2020. Satellite images showing traffic situation (comparison before and during ECQ implementation) have been processed for various places in Metro Manila for public information. More images have also been posted on the social media platforms of DOST-ASTI and the DATOS Project.

Further information has been gathered from the satellite images. PEDRO provided high resolution satellite images, while processing and analysis was done by the DATOS Project using DOST-ASTI's science infrastructure (INNOVATE: COARE for computing, PREGINET for network).

Note: Images are not orthorectified and have not undergone rigorous post-processing. Data used are raw satellite images from the PEDRO Center, enhanced for better visualization.

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