BSU on forecasting natural and environmental hazards
Our community still remembers Typhoon Pepeng in 2009 that damaged crops, infrastructures as well as claimed a lot of human lives. The Mountain trail areas are beset with frost during “the ber months” and even extend to February. Also, the traditional calendar our forefathers used in weather forecasting before is much less effective now a days as proven by research, all due to climate change and natural and environmental hazards.
In line with the month long Research, Development and Extension Seminar Series (RDE), the RDE sector invited Mr. Andrew Sibley, a specialist forecaster from the United Kingdom, Met Office to share an overview of their work in helping predict environmental and natural hazards.
Institutes concerned with risk management reduction were primarily invited including PAGASA, Department of Science and Technology-CAR, Department of Works and Highways-CAR, Benguet Provincial Capitol-Planning and Development Office, La Trinidad’s Municipal Risk Management Reduction Unit, Baguio City-CEPMO, University of Baguio, and University of the Philippines- Baguio, Saint Louis University, Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau Watershed and Water Resources Research Center and the National Economic Development Agency.
Mr. Sibley presented several models they are using like the Numerical Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling Environment Latest version or the NAME III. This model was developed after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Its purpose is to protect the human population from hazardous Chemical incidents, to advise governmental partners on contamination of land and possible impact on food production and to help emergency responders plan evacuation and tackle incidents.
Concerns raised were centered on the availability of models that can help in interpreting data. Dr. Carlito Laurean, director of the Climate Smart Agriculture Center of Benguet State University shared the situation of frost as our agricultural locality is threatened with its occurrence especially during cold months. Mr. Sibley assured that the NAME III can help in predicting frost as they have tried in UK.
Also, a representative from LGU-Baguio shared the availability of data but they lack models to verify them.
At the end of the seminar, the participants clamor for partnership to address the issues on climate change, alarming high rate of PPM and other environmental challenges the country is currently facing. Mr. Sibley on the other hand assured that they can push for a partnership as the Met office works with universities and agencies around the world.
One of the participants pointed out that the seminar is very informative and she really hopes that the seminar could lead to an inter-agency collaboration.
Int’l organic fertilizer company now in PH.
Int’l organic fertilizer company now in PH. Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, VP of Prathista Industries LTD. Based in India, was at the University on January 17, 2014 where he introduced his company through his lecture entitled, “3G Organic Products for a Sustainable and Food Secure Future.” He likened the company organic products to backyard composts but done the pharmaceutical way, the way medicine is manufactured. Prathista has just opened its Philippine branch in June 2013 at Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila. He also said that the products are duly certified in the US and now currently undergoing certification from the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP). The products are organic fertilizers for crops, fishes, livestock, and poultry. //JST
California State University professor visits BSU
Above photo: Dr. Paul Stapp pays a courtesy call at the office of the president prior to his lecture at the RDE Seminar Series. In photo (L-R): Dr. Araceli G. Ladilad, Director, HoRTI; Dr. Paul Stapp, Professor; Dr. Ben D. Ladilad, President; Dr. Luciana M. Villanueva, VP for Research and Extension and Dr. Criselda S. Battad, Assistant Director, ORS. (Below photo) Dr. Paul Stapp, Professor of Department of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA served as the guest speaker during the RDE Seminar Series 2014 on Natural Resource Management last January 6, 2014 at the CVM Social Hall, BSU. He discusses his research titled, “Unravelling the Mystery of Plague in the North American Great Plains”. To start the year 2014, the Research & Extension sector, in coordination with the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) held its first RDE Seminar Series. The event tackled the theme, “Population and Community Ecology of Terrestrial vertebrates” under Natural Resources Management. Participants came from the different institutes of R&E, faculty and staff of the different colleges of BSU.//HBD