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Workshop on the Impact of Sinabung Eruption and Sinabung Field Visit


North Sumatera, 17-19 February 2020
Host: Faculty of Social Science and Political Science, North Sumatera University
Organizers: Prof. Claire Horwell and Dr. Saut Sagala


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Background :
Sinabung volcano, Sumatera, had its first eruption in 1,200 years in 2010 and has been in a period of almost continuous eruption since then, exhibiting intermittent explosions and lava dome/flow collapses. These events have generated large ash clouds which have coated surrounding towns and villages in fine particulate deposits. Such volcanic ash has the potential to trigger both acute and chronic respiratory symptoms. We are particularly concerned about community exposures in this location since lava domes are known to generate the potentially toxic mineral crystalline silica (usually known as quartz, but here the mineral is likely to be the polymorph cristobalite) and exposures have been prolonged. To our knowledge, no assessment has been conducted on the respiratory health hazard of the ash and little is known, outside of North Sumatera, about how local agencies have responded to the crisis in terms of provision of information on the potential hazard or suitable protective measures. Additionally, little is known about other impacts that the ash may be having on the environment, such as contaminating water supplies and farmland.

As educational and research institutions that focus on disaster research, Durham University (through the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience), RDI (Resilience Development Initiative), the British Geological Survey and North Sumatera University will conduct a workshop in North Sumatera University, a partner institution of RDI, and a field visit to Sinabung. This activity is good for exchanging ideas, points of view, and solutions that make it possible to reduce the impact of the Sinabung volcano disaster through research.

Objective :

  • This workshop is a forum for local and international practitioners and academic experts to plan future research to address issues related to the impact of volcanic ash, in particular at Sinabung Volcano.
  • The purpose of the field visit activity is for the non-local delegates to receive an overview of the condition of communities affected by the Sinabung eruption.

Output :

  • Potential research collaborations between academics, local institutions, NGOs and communities.
  • General overview of health impact and other impacts of the Sinabung eruption.

Time and Palace:
17-19 February 2020
Faculty of Social Science and Political Science, North Sumatra University

Timeline :
Sunday, February 16 2020
Participant from outside Sumatera arrive in Medan.

Monday, February 17 2020
Time Agenda
08.00 – 09.00 Registration
09.10 – 09.20 Welcoming remark from BNPB (TBC)
09.20 – 09.30 Opening remark from NSU representative
09.30 – 09.35 Opening remark from Durham University
09.35 – 09.40 Opening remark from RDI
09.40 – 09.50 Introduction session
09.50 – 10.35 Dissemination from Durham University
10.35 – 10.50 Q&A
10.50 – 11.50 Dissemination from NSU
10.50 – 12.05 Q&A
12.05 – 13.00 Break
13.00 – 13.30 Dissemination from RDI
13.30 – 13.45 Q&A
13.45 – 14.15 Dissemination from BPBD Karo (TBC)
14.15 – 14.30 Q&A
14.30 – 15.00 Dissemination
15.00 – 15.15 Q&A
15.15 – 16.15 FGD to develop a future research, setting up collaborations and funding.
16.15 – 17.00 Closing

Tuesday, February 18 2020 - Field visit*
Time Agenda
07.00 – 10.00 Travel from Medan to Sinabung
10.00 – 12.00 Observation in Desa Payung, Karo
12.00 – 13.00 Break
13.00 – 13.30 Travel from Desa Payung to Desa Tiga Pancur or Ndokum Siroga
13.30 – 15.00 Observation in Desa Tiga Pancur
15.00 – 15.30 Travel to hotel in Berastagi

Wednesday, February 19 2020 - Field visit*
Time Agenda
07.00 – 08.00 Travel from hotel to Desa Perbaji
08.00 – 11.00 Observation in Desa Perbaji and nearest village affected
11.00 – 15.00 Travel back to Medan/Kuala Namu, including lunch break
The rundown is subject to change without prior notice
*) Field visit participants are limited only to participants from outside Sumatra

Contact Person:
CP: Amesta Ramadhani
E-mail: amesta.ramadhani@rdi.or.id
Mobile/Whatsapp: +62 8121 5693 768