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Cablegate: Us and Indonesia Launch Next-Generation Tsunami Detection

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SUBJECT: US AND INDONESIA LAUNCH NEXT-GENERATION TSUNAMI DETECTION
TECHNOLOGY

1. (U) Summary. On June 10, Indonesian Agency for the Assessment
and Application of Technology (BPPT) Chairman Said Jenie and
Ambassador Hume presided over a ceremony in Jakarta to launch a
next-generation U.S. DART tsunami detection buoy. The buoy was part
of the Indonesia-U.S. bilateral agreement to transfer U.S. tsunami
detection technology to Indonesia. Indonesian print and electronic
media provided broad and positive coverage of the event. End
Summary.


Next-Generation Buoy Launched In Jakarta Ceremony
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2. (U) On June 10, Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and
Application of Technology (BPPT) Chairman Said Jenie and Ambassador
Hume presided over a ceremony in Jakarta to launch a next-generation
U.S. DART tsunami detection buoy (tsunameter). The easy-to-deploy
(ETD) tsunameter, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) designed to reduce costs and minimize
vandalism, is the newest U.S. tsunami detection system. It will be
the first next-generation buoy deployed in Indian Ocean waters.
Indonesian and NOAA scientists and engineers will also collaborate
on a research and development program to validate the DART buoy
system for the Indian Ocean region. The tsunameter system is part
of the broader Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System and the
Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. It is the second
U.S. tsunameter system deployed in cooperation with the Government
of Indonesia (GOI).

3. (U) The Indonesia-U.S. partnership operates under a bilateral
agreement to transfer U.S. tsunameter technology to Indonesia.
Under the agreement, NOAA engineers have trained Indonesian
scientists and engineers in DART technology. U.S. scientists will
also participate in a program of site visits and training over the
next two years to help develop Indonesia's capacity in tsunami
detection and ocean engineering. The GOI will also purchase an
additional DART II ETD for deployment later this year as part of the
bilateral agreement on tsunami preparedness.

Broad, Positive Press Coverage
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4. (U) The buoy launch ceremony was widely covered in ten Indonesian
newspapers and on three television news programs. The press reports
highlighted the benefits of US-Indonesia cooperation on tsunami
detection and the importance of tsunameters in providing early
detection of tsunami hazards. Three of the ten newspapers published
feature length stories of the buoys. Television programs also aired
footage of the buoys.

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