The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced it had launched an environmental regional observatory website offering comprehensive information for monitoring coastal processes in the UAE and the region..
The portal offers valuable information on the state of the Arabian Gulf including, temperature, sea currents salinity and other seawater quality parameters related to oil spills and red tides that are useful for several applications.
Dr Behjat Al Yousuf, interim provost, said: “Being able to accurately monitor the environment of the UAE and wider region is necessary for effective natural resource management and preservation. The information this tool provides will allow tracking of environmental changes in the region in real-time.
Through this portal and other innovative tools, Masdar Institute supports the UAE’s goals for environmental sustainability and resource management.
Users of the website can obtain in-depth information including forecasts for the Arabian Gulf for the next five days with hourly updates.
In addition, the portal includes some of the most recent satellite images of the region, and can provide information on oil spills, red tide events, weather conditions from remote sensing images, ‘in situ’ observations, or advanced numerical models.
This will be immensely helpful to several stakeholders in the government and private sector such as desalination plant operators, oil companies, ports, and others who are interested in monitoring environmental processes in the UAE and the region,.
The portal, http://earth.masdar.ac.ae/, is publicly accessible but registered users will have admittance to advanced functions.