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UP mussel project team conducts S/W on geospatial tech applications in Capiz

The mussel project team of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas (UPV) and UP Diliman conducted a seminar-workshop on the use of geospatial technologies at the Municipal Hall of Ivisan, Capiz on February 23, 2018.

Entitled, “Project SSAM: Seminar Workshop on the Applications of Geospatial Technologies,” the activity introduced the applications of geospatial technologies such as satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) in different fields to 28 participants coming from the municipalities of Ivisan and Sapian. These fields are public health, disaster risk management, navigation, post-disaster damage assessment, vegetation, and planning. The participants were composed of representatives from the police force, public health office, risk management office and municipal agriculture office of the aforementioned municipalities.

They were also oriented on the web-based interactive database as tool in identifying suitable sites for green mussel culture.

SSAM (Site Suitability Assessment for Mussel) is a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) under the Inland and Aquatic Division (IARD) aimed to identify potential sites for mussel culture in the Philippines and develop a database using geospatial technology such as Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS).

Dubbed as “Suitability assessment and database development for enhanced mussel culture management using geospatial technologies,” the project is being implemented by the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Sciences, UP Diliman and Institute of Aquaculture, CFOS, UPV under the leadership of Dr. Carlos C. Baylon.

Dr. Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman talked about the applications of satellite remote sensing while Ms. Armi May Guzman of UPV talked about the uses of geographic information systems (GIS). The website, www.musselphilippines.com, showcasing different mussel projects funded by DOST-PCAARRD including its other features was also introduced to the participants.

The project team gave thematic maps and the green mussel suitability maps to the municipal agriculturists of the two municipalities.

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