Using Big Data to promote Climate Change Awareness in Jakarta

In Indonesia, the effects of climate change been part of daily life for quite some time. Between 1980 and 2007 Indonesia has had the second highest number of climate change related fatalities with 174,000, second only to Ethiopia 6 . In recent years, Indonesia has experienced more frequent heat waves, with up to forty percent of the population at risk to hazards such as tsunamis, floods, droughts and landslides.

In 2012, Indonesia launched the Open Government Indonesia initiative with the goal of “Introducing open government reforms, including open data”. A marquee project was the development of Jakarta Smart City (JSC). Jakarta Smart City, which was launched in 2014, was developed to connect city officials with residents. The platform lets residents use a mobile application called Qlue to report municipal issues like flooding or garbage for city agencies to follow up. The status of each report is tracked on JSC’s geo-tagged map.

This paper explores potential policy interventions for using data and forecasts to make Jakarta’s residents more aware of climate change. Ultimately, leveraging on the JSC platform to do this is the most efficient and cost-effective way to disseminate data to residents in a non-partial and politically feasible way.

Read the paper here:

Climate Change

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