Jakarta – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) assesses that the procedure of weather modification technology (TMC) by spraying water from an aircraft significantly reduces air pollutants.
This was proven when the procedure was carried out by BNPB in collaboration with the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the Air Force, and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) during the ASEAN Summit recently.
Head of BNPB’s Disaster Data, Information and Communication Centre Abdul Muhari said the water spraying was carried out consecutively for a week, from Monday, 4 September, to the following Monday. The aircraft flew for 82 hours and 50 minutes and carried 70,500 litres of water that was sprayed to form artificial evaporation in the Jakarta sky.
“The process of spraying the Jakarta sky is carried out using two Cessna aircraft. In one day, each aircraft conducted four sorties in the Central Jakarta, East Jakarta, and North Jakarta areas,” Muhari said in a written statement.
Meanwhile, Weather Modification Expert and Principal Engineering Expert for Weather Modification at BMKG, Tri Handoko Seto, explained that the TMC procedure by spraying via aircraft has advantages and is more targeted. Although it can reduce pollution, he said this TMC effort is temporary. (Hartatik)