Inspired by Ignatian spirituality, the Manila Observatory is committed to a scientific culture in its regional and global context through research excellence in environmental and pre-disaster science particularly in the areas of atmospheric studies, solid earth dynamics, instrumentation, and applied geomatics.
The Manila Observatory therefore envisions itself as doing science that effectively enhances resilience through evidence-based scientific information.
The Manila Observatory is a scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science. It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its principal focus on the areas of climate change and disaster science.
Currently, the Observatory is involved in scientific research with an agenda on:
- Remote sensing and ground-based environmental observation and monitoring;
- Climate change, variability and extremes;
- Disaster risk and sustainable development; and
- Public health and human vulnerability.
With this science agenda, the core areas of research of the Observatory include:
- Air quality;
- Regional climate and extreme weather events;
- Upper atmosphere and solid earth dynamics for disaster applications; and
- Integrated risk analysis for disasters and climate change.