Under the 2017 World Class Professor Program (WCP Program) Scheme A, Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC), in collaboration with Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (PSSAT) of Gadjah Mada University and CoREM of Diponegoro University conducted a series of observation to capture coastal recovery process in Banda Aceh after 13 year of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The measurements have been started from September 22, 2017 in Banda Aceh. The WCP Program is promoted by Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI).
The measurements are aimed at measuring currents, tides, waves, and suspended sediment transport around Peukan Bada coast. A set of equipments have been deployed at 10 m depth of the coastal area, i.e. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler to measure currents profile, Infinity CLW to measure turbidity (suspended sediment), Infinity WH to measure Wave Heights and Tides fluctuation. The measurements will be done in 15 days until October 12, 2017.
Data gathered from from this measurement will complement other data measured by TDMRC of Unsyiah. Dr. Syamsidik, the team leader of the measurements explained that the selection of the measurement area in Peukan Bada has been based on rigorous studies conducted between 2014 until recently. The coast provides many uniqueness in term of coastal morphology recovery. One of TDMRC previous studies conducted in this coast proved that the hydrodynamic of the study area, which is characterised as a bay, has asymmetrical tidal ellipse. The asymmetrical tidal ellipse found in this area has potential factors to further create a sediment deficit to the area that could slow the coastal morphology recovery. However, since the previous study was conducted only in three days, therefore this measurement could further explain the tidal characteristics of the area.
The deployment of the equipments were also attended by students from civil engineering program of Faculty of Engineering and students from Faculty of Marine and Fisheries of Syiah Kuala University.