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After the GITEWS project was completed, all system components developed by the German partners were officially handed over to Indonesia on 29 March 2011. With the hand-over it was agreed to continue the support to Indonesian partners during the first years of system operation.

The Project for Training, Education and Consulting for Tsunami Early Warning Systems (PROTECTS) is the follow-up concept for the GITEWS project and provides education, training and scientific advice for the upstream as well as for the downstream part of the system. The concept is implemented by a German consortium including Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), German Aerospace Center (DLR) and German International Cooperation (GIZ) under the leadership of German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) to support operations at Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG) and Badan Informasi Geospatial (BIG) as well as Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) and Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD) on province and on district levels.

The project started in June 2011 and is scheduled until March 2014. Its main objectives are:

  • Supporting sensor system and infrastructure hardware maintenance
  • Fine-tuning system infrastructure and processes at the National Tsunami Warning Center at BMKG in Jakarta
  • Further advance tsunami simulation and modeling
  • Strengthening of community orientated tsunami risk management
  • Supporting the further development of warning products and practice on InaTEWS in accordance with the need of end-users.

The project includes intensive staff and InaTEWS operator training for BMKG and BIG officers on GITEWS developed / installed sensor networks and computational infrastructure. In total, 169 specific training courses have been tailored to meet the requirements of our Indonesian partner institutions.

PROTECTS is a contribution of the German Government to support InaTEWS, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).