Climate Information, Monitoring and Prediction Services and related activities

The Climatology and Agrometeorology Division (CAD) is responsible for the collection, quality control, processing, storage and retrieval of meteorological, agrometeorological, climatological and allied data and information in usable format; the provision of standard statistical products, customized climatological products and user services specially tailored for policy/decision makers and other users in the various sectors, such as in agriculture, energy and water resources; and, the preparation and issuance of long term climate predictions, seasonal climate outlooks and advisories on extreme climate events such as El Niño and La Niña. It also undertakes specialized climate and climate change studies and researches in support of national development.

Data Management

This involves the operation and maintenance of the PAGASA's Climate Data Bank and Management System for the collection, processing, storage and retrieval of climatological and allied data for research and for general usage. Maintain and update the database of Meteorological, Climatological, Agromet, Marine, Ozone, Solar radiation and allied data and information.

To ensure the integrity and reliability of data, the quality control, processing, and archiving of meteorological, climatological and allied data are done in accordance with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recommended practices and standards.

Certified customized information to interested clientele such as those required in litigation proceedings and other purposes, are routinely issued.

The CAB also generates and issues meteorological and climatological publications, and other processed information such as standard statistical products, for the consumption of scientists, researchers, professionals, students and other interested parties.

Information And Prediction Services

The CAB vigorously pursues activities to develop and evaluate techniques for the improvement and/or operationalization of medium and long term climate information and prediction services for industry, agriculture and other sectors, including a viable system for packaging and commercialization of information specially tailored to the specific requirements of clients/users.

Drought bulletins, intra-seasonal climate predictions, weather-based crop calendars, agrimet bulletins and advisories, and customized climate information are periodically prepared and issued for educational, engineering, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other purposes needed for sustainable development.

The CAB also prepares and issues, on a regular basis, climate impact assessments for various sectors such as in energy, land use, building design, tourism, marine and water resources, pollution, and health, among others, as inputs to planning and decision making.

Research And Development

Specialized monitoring stations for research, are operated and maintained by the CAB. These include climate / rain, agro-meteorological, ozone and regional background air pollution monitoring stations.

As part of its research and development activities, researches and studies on the application of meteorology and climatology, especially as they relate to agriculture, human health, industry, commerce, and the environment, are undertaken. Studies are also conducted on agriculture- weather relationships, validate or modify available statistical/dynamic models, and develop agroclimatic indices and zoning for the country.

 The CAB maintains liaison and coordinate with local and international bodies and organizations in the conduct of collaborative researches and studies in climatology, seasonal climate prediction/variability, climate change, agrometeorology and allied fields.

It also undertakes the processing, analysis and interpretation of data such as ozone, climate change, rain acidity and chemistry, and conduct relevant studies, as part of its regular functions.