BMG asks for more weather radars
YOGYAKARTA: The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said Wednesday it has asked the government to purchase more weather monitoring radars so it can improve its performance around the archipelago.
“Our seven climate monitoring radars are inadequate to cover Indonesia’s vast area. So we have asked the government to purchase more radars,” BMG secretary Andi Eka Sakiya was quoted as saying by the Detik.com news portal.
Currently radars are located in big cities such as Jakarta, Medan, Palembang and Surabaya he said. BMG hopes to have 22 more radars, which could also function as early warning systems for disasters.
“By 2010, BMG aims to have 48 weather radars. All disaster-prone areas will hopefully be able to be monitored by then,” Andi said, adding that the radars would be placed in areas including Aceh, West Sumatra and southern Java. — JP