Coastal Recovery Monitoring Performed by TDMRC Researchers (PEER Science Cycle 3)

gbr 1During the 12-year of the Indian Ocean Tsunami recovery process in Aceh, Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh has been conducting a series of coastal monitoring at tsunami affected area. Recently, under Partnership Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Cycle 3 sponsored by USAID and NAS, TDMRC has performed details monitoring and research of the coastal area recovery by means of numerical modeling, Geo-spatial Analysis, and field measurements. The objectives of the activities are at (1) formulating measures to sustainably recover tsunami affected coastal areas, (2) promoting efforts of tsunami disaster risk reduction, and (3) gathering recent information of coastal environment around tsunami affected areas. Two areas were selected in this study, namely Ujong Pancu Coast in Aceh Besar District and Lhoong Coast of Aceh Besar District.

In last year (2015), a team of TDMRC consisted of researchers and post-graduate students from Syiah Kuala University performed bathymetric measurements and near shore currents and sediment analysis around Ujong Pancu Coast of Peukan Bada, western coast of Banda Aceh. The measurements were also followed by using a set of Infinity equipments (2-D horizontal current meter, high frequency water level sensors, and turbidity meters for suspended sediment transport). The measurements revealed the litoral drift condition around the coast that helped the coastal recovery process.

Last July, the measurements were continued to measure vertical suspended sediment profiles around the Ujong Pancu area and measurements of Currents Profiles. The suspended sediment profile was measured using Turbidity Profiler and the currents profiles were measured using Acoustic Currents Doppler Profiler. Both of the equipments were procured under the PEER Scince Cycle 3.

During the survey, some of undergraduate students and post-graduate students enjoyed opportunity to access such high-end technology equipments.

It is expected by the end of August 2016, the team could reveal hydro-oceanography factors that contribute to coastal recovery process. The technology capacity developed by TDMRC during the PEER Science Program is seen to contribute long term science and technology development within TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University. This will enable TDMRC to share its finding for helping community at risk and local government in Indonesia.