Abstract—This study focuses on the application of
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools in identifying
and classifying the theoretical hydropower potential sites in
Misamis Occidental, a province located in the region of
Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. GIS based hydrological
modeling is performed on raster cells using topographical and
meteorological datasets. Input datasets include Digital
Elevation Model (DEM), landuse-landcover, soil map,
watershed boundary, weather data (precipitation, humidity and
temperature). The study has shown that 62% of the potential
sites are classified as micro hydropower (5kW-100kW potential
capacity) and 38% are classified as pico (less than 5kW). The
results of this study will help policy makers, public authorities,
and investors in the energy sector to optimize the available
resources in selecting the suitable sites for small hydropower
plants with high power potential.
Index Terms—GIS, hydropower, renewable energy, resource assessment.
R. P. Tarife, A. P. Tahud, and E. J. G. Gulben are with the Phil-LiDAR 2, College of Engineering, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City, Philippines (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
H. A. R. C. P. Macalisang is with the Phil-LiDAR 2 and the Department of Computer Science, School of Computer Studies, MSU-IIT, Iligan City, Philippines (e-mail: email@example.com).
M. T. T. Ignacio is with the Phil-LiDAR 2 and the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Engineering, MSU-IIT, Iligan City, Philippines (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Rovick P. Tarife, Anacita P. Tahud, Ellen Jane G. Gulben, Haroun Al Raschid Christopher P. Macalisang, and Ma. Teresa T. Ignacio, "Application of Geographic Information System (GIS) in Hydropower Resource Assessment: A Case Study in Misamis Occidental, Philippines," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 507-511, 2017.