Last week DEWS has been successfully installed at the Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG), the Indonesian tsunami early warning centre in Jakarta. A core-team of ATOS (project co-ordinator) and GFZ (technical co-ordinator) perpared the installation with a great support of local staff. On Tuesday, October 11, the offical handover took place. DEWS has been installed for evaluation and testing purposes in a closed and secure test environment, within the domain of Tsunami Crisis Centre and is solely used by its technical personnel. The deployed version of system corresponds to the DEWS National Centre (NC) version, being possible in the future to deploy the DEWS Wide Area Centre (WAC) version for international communication with other DEWS National Centres.
Drs. Suhardjono, Dipl. Seis., Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG) and Jose Maria Cavanillas, Atos Research & Innovation Director
The presentation included an outlook using DEWS technologies as Wide Area Centre. This system of systems approach based on standardized interfaces and warning products follows official IOC RTSP guidelines and uses official coastal forecast zones for ocean-wide tsunami prediction.
Large screen: DEWS Wide Area Centre (WAC) with ocean wide tsunami forecast using IOTWS coastal forecast zones. Small screen: DEWS national centre Indonesia temporarily (just for this presentation) connected to the WAC.
After the handover the team were invited to accompany the IOWAVE 11 on October 12 in parallel to the official exercise. Thus DEWS was exercised with a tsunami scenario close to Aceh and similar to the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 which earthquake parameters provided the base for the scenario used officially in the IOWAVE 11. DEWS not being an offical part of the IOWAVE 11 performed the scenario successfully and the team received the invitation and participation as great honour.
Finally we would like to thank the whole BMKG team who have supported the continued DEWS activities and who supported the installation and deployment professionally so that the ATOS and GFZ have been able to handover the system in time with the required quality.
Drs. Suhardjono discussing the WAC with a colleague.