PAGASA to get IBM supercomputer
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will soon receive an IBM supercomputer to improve weather forecasting in the country.
According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), IBM will donate the said supercomputer which can help weathermen make more accurate forecasts and extend their normal three-day forecast to seven. In addition, the computer can also process data on what would be the weather outlook of the country in the next 5 to 10 years.
The supercomputer would also allow the agency to use advanced modeling software which should take advantage of the weather sensors installed in the country such as Doppler radars. Currently there are 10 Doppler radars operating nationwide measuring the amount of rainfall brought by an incoming typhoon. According to DOST director Raymund Liborio, the agency is planning to install five more Doppler radars which would be installed in strategic areas in the country.