Written by -r/K-
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.– Lao-Tzu
Oceanographer is trained to be a specialist in ocean, right? Whether you are more expert on wave, current, modeling or watermass at least we were taught to be ‘somebody’ in this field. I spent 4 years in ITB and I got cum laude predicate from this best institution in Indonesia. I was thinking at that time probably I learn a lot and understand a lot on ocean ‘things’. I felt I already ‘somebody’ at that time.
I had committed pursuing master degree outside Indonesia and I knew I could. It happened!!! After arriving in Japan I see something which is totally different comparing to what I got in Oceanography ITB.
Of course we have very sophisticated equipments to be deployed in every field survey. But that’s the other thing. Because I am not sure if oceanography ITB can reach this point…I mean, spending a lot of money, buying sensors…break….buying again…break again…buying again. Here, during field survey you have to be ready to face these kinds of problems. I don’t want to talk about this, but I want to stress on how Japanese is really serious in their job.
We (ITB) aware that we concentrate more in modeling toka,….analysis toka, ….GIS or etc. But here we forget a ‘laboratory’ step and respecting data. We even step to far and miss the basic.
Here we (my lab) won’t talk about modeling first but we talk how we can get a good data, how we interpret data, what data we have to improve and so on. So from one data we got findings which lead to another new field survey and interpret again, find again, field survey again until we satisfied. Afterthat we use our data for modeling. But, In oceanography ITB you don’t care what kind of problems you are facing on. You just go to field to measure velocity, tide, topography, and bathymetry and after that…… finish!!! Ocean is dynamics guys, so does this knowledge!!! We have manual on what we have to do, but let’s thing beyond scope. Do you ever thing how to calculate turbulence, friction, rain, benthic community, and etc in field survey. If you find something strange, just run after it. Don’t hesitate to do fool deed. Be patient. Forget the model!
Here I learn more on how should I do before I do modelling. So modelling is not the first and the last thing at the same time. We have to learn to change this. Finally, We have to improve our reasearch attitude. Thank you.
I am proud to be oceaographer and modeller,