Tropical cyclones and typhoons can have a devastating effect in Indonesia, causing loss and damage to life, property and the surrounding environment, due to high rainfall, storm surges, and aftershocks. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has observed strengthening storm surges and heavy rainfall along the Bird’s Head Papua coast and small islands, creating significant challenges for coastal management. Prof. Rahmat Gernowo, of Diponegoro University, is leading a team to investigate their shifting impact on affected areas due to climate change, as well as how the deployment of SRM might affect their behaviour. This work will mark an important step in increasing understanding of the potential effects of SRM in the western Pacific.
Banner: Indonesia, Papua – MERIS – 20 March 2004 Credit: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.