Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. In the context of supporting smooth implementation of the 2022 MotoGP series in Mandalika – West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) held a Weather Modification Technology (TMC) operation. The Implementation of the TMC operation in Mandalika is a follow-up to the request from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) which was submitted to BRIN through Letter No.: S-52/KA BNPB/PD.01/03/2022 dated 12 March 2022 regarding Request for Support in the Operation of Weather Modification Technology in NTB. Early warnings issued by BMKG in areas in NTB that have the potential for heavy rain accompanied by lightning and tornadoes are also the consideration for conducting TMC in the Mandalika area.

The implementation of TMC is also based on request from the Governor of NTB in connection with the issuance of status of Emergency Alert for Floods, Landslide and Tornados in the Province of NTB. The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment has previously requested the implementation of TMC operation to BRIN through Letter Number: B-0210/MENKO/MARVES/PE.02.00/I/2022 dated 21 January 2022 regarding request for support for the implementation of Weather Modification Technology (TMC) in Super Priority Tourism Destination of Mandalika as part of preparation for the 2022 MotoGP series race event.

Acting Director of Research and Innovation Infrastructure Strengthening and Partnership, Salim Mustofa stated his readiness to implement TMC. “BRIN is ready to participate in the success of the 2022 MotoGP series through support of TMC operations. We have coordinated with BNPB, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment and the Air Force to carry out TMC operations in Mandalika on 17-20 March 2022 to anticipate rain at the Mandalika International circuit which this year is entrusted to host one of the 2022 MotoGP race series, ” said Salim, Thursday (17/03).

“We have sent 15 personnel from the TMC Management Laboratory and the Secretariat of the Deputy for Research and Innovation Infrastructure to carry out this state duty,” added Salim.

Director of Emergency Resources Support – BNPB, Rustian, on 17 March 2022, had the opportunity to visit the Command Center (Posko) for TMC operations in Mandalika, which is located at the Ops Base of the Zainuddin Abdul Majid Air Base at the Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara. “We hope that BRIN can anticipate the occurrence of extreme weather during the MotoGP event in Mandalika which will take place from today until 20 March,” said Rustian.

The TMC operation in Mandalika is run with support from 1 unit of Casa 212-200 aircraft fleet from the 4th Squadron of the Indonesian Air Force Base at Abdulrahman Saleh Malang. The operation command is assumed by M. Djazim Syaifullah, from the TMC Management Laboratory who was appointed as the Field Coordinator for TMC Operations in Mandalika.

“Every day, we together with BMKG always analyse weather data and monitor cloud growth from the radar to determine the seeding strategy that we will apply. If potential rain cloud growth is observed moving towards the target area, we will immediately make preparations for seeding sorties to speed up the rain process so that it falls before it reaches the target area, “explained Djazim.

Coordinator of the TMC Management Laboratory, Budi Harsoyo, said that the TMC operation in Mandalika is a type of TMC service for the purpose of reducing rainfall (rain enhancement) which in recent years has begun to be widely applied for flood mitigation purposes or the purpose of securing national infrastructure development and a number of state events held outdoors.

“The TMC operation in Mandalika is the first TMC operation to be held in 2022 after the transition of BRIN organization. After this, we have scheduled the implementation of TMC in a number of locations for various purposes, such as TMC for anticipating forest and land fires in Riau and West Kalimantan Provinces at the request of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and TMC for filling the Citarum cascade reservoir in West Java at the request of PT Indonesia Power, PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali and Perum Jasa Tirta II”, concluded Budi (bd/ed:pur)