Students will partner with fellow BYU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students and faculty from UVU and partnering institutions in Indonesia, to assist in forecasting, communicating and building resilience to tsunamis and other natural hazards in Java. The focus of the program is for students to both learn and teach skills in geological exploration using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), trenching techniques, numerical modeling, sediment analysis, structural analysis, and field mapping in an active fold-thrust belt.
The objective of this program is to provide students with opportunities to expand on the technical foundation learned through traditional classroom experiences and curriculum in order to develop the skills that will be necessary to practice natural disaster mitigation and compete as geologists in a global environment. Natural Disasters have claimed over 300,000 lives in Indonesia since 2004. Many U.S. petroleum and mining companies operate in Java and other parts of Indonesia.