Conference Update and ICFP Travel Planning

In preparation for the 2016 ICFP, we are keeping a close eye on travel and monitoring for any potential risks that could disrupt delegate plans. As we quickly approach the opening day of the conference, we remain optimistic that everything will continue to run smoothly.

At Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, on site security has already been increased, further underscoring Bali’s commitment to taking the safety of its guests very seriously. Meanwhile, efforts to secure paperwork guaranteeing conditional visas on arrival for all eligible ICFP delegates are moving forward on schedule.

A recent letter to BKKBN from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, in the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, confirms that Mt. Rinjani’s volcanic activity has slowed significantly in recent months. We’re pleased to report that since November 2015, there have been no major Bali airport closures due to volcanic eruptions. An excerpt from the letter can be found below.

As with all natural phenomenon, volcanic eruptions cannot be predicted with 100% accuracy. However, during the month of January prevailing wind patterns are historically west-to-east, meaning that if Mt. Rinjani were to have another major eruption volcanic ash would likely be pushed away from Bali’s international airport. (During November 2015, the prevailing wind pattern was east-to-west, which prompted the closing of the airport.)

We look forward to seeing you in Nusa Dua for this important and exciting conference!

ICFP Organizers

 

From the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation:

“The character of current eruptions of Mount Rinjani is relatively different from those during the period of 25 October to 16 November 2015… The tendency of Mount Rinjani’s energy in eruption activities up to this day indeed indicates a decrease… There are still potential eruptions [however] ash plumes in eruptions are greatly determined by the direction and speed of the wind. The airport would not usually be closed, if ashes do not blow towards it.”