The U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsored a delegation from Indonesia to visit the U.S. The primary goals and objectives of the RTM were to learn about U.S. technologies and expertise in weather monitoring and forecasting in advance of BMKG’s upcoming procurement and investment plans, as well as to collaborate on industry best practices.
The USTDA Indonesia Marine Observation Infrastructure and Forecasting Technology RTM started on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in New Brunswick, NJ. It ended on Saturday, March 3, 2019 in San Diego, CA.
In New Brunswick, NJ, the delegation arrived on a snowy evening into New Jersey. Then Monday morning we hit the ground running with the delegation orientation meeting at the hotel, followed immediately by a meeting with Woods Hole. At lunchtime we went to Rutgers to spend the rest of the day at the Rutgers University Marine Science Building. On Tuesday, it was back to Rutgers for more meetings and tours at Rutgers and meetings with Teledyne and CODAR. After two short, action packed days, the time at New Brunswick had already come to an end. It was time to pack up and get ready to leave for Washington, DC on Wednesday.
In Washington, DC, we had our first DC area meeting near Dulles airport with Sutron and Baron. On Thursday, the delegation was off to USTDA for their meet and greet with senior USTDA leadership. After this warm session, we loaded the bus for a meeting with Ex-Im in Washington, DC. The day was finished off with meetings with IBM, EEC, and Dr. He. On Friday was the highly anticipated day with NOAA at both their College Park, MD and Silver Spring, MD locations. This was a highlight for the trip. The delegation was given Saturday off to enjoy the day in DC, and on Sunday it was time to pack up and board the plane for Denver, CO.
In Denver, CO, (we actually ended up staying in Boulder, CO) on Monday morning, we started off our “west coast swing” with a meeting in Boulder at NCAR/UCAR, and the afternoon we got to spend meeting with NDP/Advanced Radar Company. On Tuesday morning we met with Weather Decision Support Systems, International and Radiometrics. We travelled back towards Denver for our final meeting in Colorado with Raytheon. After the meeting we went to the airport and made the flight to Seattle.
In Seattle, WA on Wednesday morning, we headed downtown to meet with Campbell Scientific and Coastal Environmental Services. In the afternoon we got to spend some time with the University of Washington. Thursday morning was another thrilling meeting with NOAA PMEL followed by a meeting with Liquid Robotics. After the evening meeting, we went straight to the airport for our final flight to San Diego, CA.
In San Diego, CA on Friday we got to spend the entire day visiting with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It was a great way to wrap up our two weeks together. We enjoyed our final meal together, said goodbye, then went back to the hotel to get ready for the delegation to return home to Indonesia on Saturday.
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