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RI, US launch climate study of Puncak Jaya glaciers

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 20 2010   /  10:01 am

Scientists from Indonesia and the US have set sail on a journey to discover the climate of the future. Their first destination: the past.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) on Tuesday launched an investigation with two US university research centers that plans to learn more about climate history by analyzing ice cores to be extracted from  glaciers on Jaya Wijaya Mountain near Puncak Jaya , Papua.The investigation will give a more complete record of past climate change and indicate trends in future climate change — globally, in the tropics, and especially in Indonesia, said BMKG director general Sri Woro B. Harijono.“The investigation is prestigious. It is a milestone for  climate study in Indonesia.”BMKG scientist Dodo Gunawan left today for Puncak Jaya, which is home to the only glaciers remaining in the equatorial Pacific Ocean region.He will work...