Several UAE government institutions have expressed interest in the AUS project.
A researcher at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) is currently working on developing a Gulf Forecast System to study the climatological conditions and effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on the Gulf’s marine and coastal environments.
"We are aiming to create a home-grown environmental model that can predict the impact of environmental events happening in the Gulf on the UAE coast. For example, when Dubai created the Palm Island, it sought foreign expertise and used similar models for their work. What we aim to do is it to create a model the UAE can benefit from and train its local talents to use instead of looking for expertise from abroad,” said Dr. Edmo Campos, Research Fellow at the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS.
The AUS environmental modelling system will include modules for the investigation of physical and biochemical processes to drive decision making on issues related to designing coastal observing systems, support nearshore and offshore industry operations, and protect the environment. For example, if an oil spill happens somewhere in the Gulf, this model will be able to predict its impact on the UAE coast.
"The system would analyse the Gulf’s salinity, temperature and other factors and trace where the changes have come from. Results of preliminary experiments show that the northern coasts of the UAE are exposed and could be particularly vulnerable to environmental events occurring elsewhere in the Gulf. Test cases run with Lagrangian tools show that significant fractions of particles released in different locations of the Gulf eventually reach the coastal region, especially as we go up north towards the Strait of Hormuz,” Dr. Campos added.
Several UAE government institutions have expressed interest in the project and are waiting to see the results, which should be ready by the end of next year.
"I am sure once we get to the testing phase, we will be relying on data from different stakeholders to check the accuracy of the model,” said Dr. Campos. He also noted that he has been collaborating with international experts on the subject to develop the tools for this model.
Dr. Campos has also been working on several research papers to study how events in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman/Arabian Sea) can impact one another. "The Gulf is the water basin with the highest salt concentration in the world, with exception for the Dead Sea. However, the Dead Sea is an enclosed body of water while the Gulf is connected to the Indian Ocean. My research focuses on the impact of climate change on the Gulf and how that impacts the Indian Ocean,” he said. Other applications of the research include analysing the impact of desalination on the Gulf environment and on coral life.
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His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, UoS, on Monday inaugurated the 13th Annual Scientific Research Forum organised by the University under the theme, ‘Multidisciplinary Research to maximise Sustainable Impact” at Al Razi Hall in Medical and Health Sciences Colleges at University of Sharjah, UoS.
Dr. Rashad Salem, Vice Chancellor of Al Qasimia University, delivered a speech in which he thanked the Ruler of Sharjah on providing scholarships to students from various areas of the world to pursue their education in the the university.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), affirmed that the students are the pillar and foundation of the University of Sharjah for whom the university exploits all its potential and energies to build them scientifically and behaviourally.
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The UAE also emphasised the need to respect the role of the brotherly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in protecting holy places under international law and to put an end to all aggression and practices that lead to continued tension and stalemate.