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LAPAN-MAPIN Holds PSBB Evaluation Webinar in West Java
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PSTA-LAPAN Bandung - The Center for Atmospheric Science and Technology (PSTA), the National Aeronautics and Space Institute (LAPAN) in collaboration with the Indonesian Remote Sensing Expert Society (MAPIN) West Java held an online seminar or webinar to evaluate PSBB in West Java and their impact on quality air and other topics related to the prediction of wet drought and strategies for maintaining food stocks in West Java. The activity was filled by speakers from researchers from LAPAN, MAPIN, ITB, and the Governor of West Java on Monday (5/18) online via ZOOM and YouTube.
The head of the event, Erma Yulihastin, explained that this webinar aims to educate the public by providing information about the effects of weather parameters on the Covid-19 life cycle in the atmosphere. "There are indications that Covid-19 can be a bioaerosol in the atmosphere that can be carried by the wind so that it can spread farther than two meters," explained Erma.
Erma added, this event also explained the spatially dynamic pattern of Covid-19 distribution in the city of Bandung as a case study and its relationship to the PSBB. Through a study conducted by the MAPIN Team, during the implementation of the PSBB, the Covid-19 cluster was concentrated in the center of Bandung but then experienced a dynamic movement westward around Cimahi and West Bandung Regency.


In addition, the webinar also explores the influence of the PSBB policy on improving air quality in the West Java region. "We show evidence from satellite observations that air quality improves during PSBB," Erma said. Nevertheless, some cities in West Java that are monitored to have poor air quality, such as Bekasi, Bogor, Depok, and Bandung, must improve preparedness because poor air quality in these cities has a negative impact in increasing the risk of death for sufferers of Covid-19.
The webinar also shows information about the prediction of wet drought throughout 2020 in West Java that can be utilized to set strategies for maintaining food stocks during the pandemic. In this case, the agricultural centers in the north coast of West Java are vulnerable to drought. For this region, "the main planting period which usually starts in November can be accelerated to the end of June," he explained.
In addition to a variety of material presented by the resource person, explained by Halimurrahman, Deputy of Space and Atmospheric Science, LAPAN, the webinar also became a means to introduce the LTA PSTA product in the form of SRIKANDI Decision Support System (DSS) which provides real time air quality monitoring information via satellite. local and central government in helping to provide supporting data for handling Covid-19 in Indonesia.

(PSTA Public Relations)








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