TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The weather modification technology developed by the Agency of Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) dubbed “TMC” is said to not be limited in handling problems of land and forest fires but is also claimed effective to prevent floods.
According to BPPT’s Deputy of Natural Resources Development, Yudi Anantasena, the basic principle behind the technology is prevention through moving rain.
“We only need to pick a location to drop the rainfall in order to prevent flooding,” said Yudi at the BPPT headquarters in TMC’s operations gathering last week.
The agency claims to have successfully dropped hundreds of cubic meters of rainfall to overcome the widespread forest fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra, which was done in partnership with Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and the National Mitigation Agency (BNPB), and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).
Yudi explains one regulatory problem that he wants to fix is to have a mitigation budget without having to wait for an emergency situation.
Meanwhile, Head of the Weather Modification Technology Center (BBTMC) Tri Handoko Seto said that the TMC is able to increase and reduce rain intensity that was not widely known to be used at the Asian Games 2018 in Palembang.
MOH KHORY ALFARIZI