DOST researchers reveal images of water turbidity in Ipo Dam captured from space

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2020   •   883

MANILA, Philippines — Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) managing the STAMINA4Space Program were able to take a look at the turbidity of Ipo Dam from space after Typhoon Ulysses battered parts of Luzon. 

Using data gathered from an optical satellite named ‘Sentinel-2’, the researchers observed a five to ten-fold increase in water turbidity from the dam, by comparing data that was captured pre-typhoon and post-typhoon scenarios.

The STAMINA4Space Program is a successor of the DOST’s Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program which focuses on further development of local expertise in Space Technology and Applications (STA).

Earlier, Maynilad Water Services announced that it has implemented emergency service interruptions following an increase in the turbidity level in the raw water due to Typhoon Ulysses.

“Increased turbidity in the raw water from Ipo Dam has constrained us to reduce water production in our treatment plants,” the water concessionaire said in an advisory.

Consumers were advised to prepare for a 7-day intermittent water service from November 18 to 24 but were assured that the duration of service interruptions will gradually shorten as the turbidity dissipates. MNP / Raymund David


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