MAGMA Indonesia (Multiplatform Application for Geohazard Mitigation and Assessment in Indonesia)

MAGMA Indonesia is an system that streamlines the process of geological hazard mitigation. It raises the bar on the standard of data monitoring and management for Indonesian government agencies. MAGMA digitizes relevant geological data into integrated databases, making them easier to analyze and use. Frequent readings and analytics can now be made ready in an almost-real-time manner. As a public service, MAGMA makes geological hazard mitigation and assessment available for free, anytime and anywhere accessible.

It provides services that may save lives and prevent or mitigate social and economic losses in Indonesia.

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Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, consisting of more than 17,000 islands inhabited by 262 millions people. Situated at the crossroads of the three major tectonic plates, namely the Indo-Australia, the Eurasia, and the Pacific-Philippine Sea plates, Indonesia is frequently exposed to geological hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides as well as volcanic eruptions. Indonesia is one of countries that suffers the most fatalities caused by geological hazards.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation is an Indonesian national government institute within the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Among its responsibilities, the institute mitigates risk caused by geological hazards by disseminating reliable information in a timely manner. At the start of 2015 several staff members at the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigationinitiated an innovative system to make the dissemination simpler, faster, cheaper, yet more reliable and widely accessible.

Hence, MAGMA Indonesia was born. It has been developed to streamline the process of geological hazard mitigation. It raises the bar on the standard of data monitoring and management for Indonesian government agencies. MAGMA digitizes relevant geological data into integrated databases, making them easier to analyze and use. Frequent readings and analytics can now be made ready in an almost-real-time manner. As a public service, MAGMA makes geological hazard mitigation and assessment available for free, anytime and anywhere accessible.

Drawing insights from online public surveys on the type of information most helpful to reduce the risks associated to a disaster and the tools preferred by the majority of potential users (Early Warning System), MAGMA deploys in platforms that are most suited to the users’ situation (Web and Android applications). This shows that local residents were involved in the early development of MAGMA Indonesia. MAGMA Indonesia has the following advantageous characteristics.

1) It is cheap, both in its development and deployment. Leveraging on open-source systems and already widely available computing platforms, the total cost can be kept low.

2) The overall system is robust and very reliable. Many institutions, both local and international, have benefited from MAGMA’s capabilities and have tested it extensively. Most notably, MAGMA has been of tremendous use for the aviation industry, providing near real-time data that can be used to enhance the security of flights that traverse the Indonesian sky.

3) It is very versatile, requiring minimum computing resources in both hardware and software. Further modification and calibration to suit more specific situation can be easily done.

4) It provides services that save lives and prevent or mitigate social and economic losses.

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Year: 2015
Level of government: National/Federal government

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