In its continuous efforts to apply best practices to manage the Emirate’s coastline and serve the coastal professional community and beach users, the Coastal Management Section (CMS) at Dubai Municipality is enhancing its marine data collection and provision network by increasing the number of data collection stations and by introducing new schemes for data collection and analysis.
This was announced by Eng. Alya AbdulRahim, Head of CMS, who noted that such an important and strategic role of collecting, compiling and analyzing this valuable asset reflects the scientific approach adopted by CMS to manage the coastal zone. The data is very important to understand the response trends of the coastline to the fast and ongoing changes in Dubai and in forecasting and preparing for mitigation. It also represents the baseline for any prediction studies and sets values for safe and yet economical design output.
“The CMS is preparing to enhance its data collection capabilities qualitatively and quantitatively, by both increasing the number of data collection stations and by further introducing new schemes for data collection and analysis. The data collected by the proposed schemes represent the latest technology in video capturing, current and wave data collection for near-shore and off-shore area, it represents a leap forward in the data collection and provision service provided by the CMS,” Alya said.
The CMS in Dubai Municipality, she added, has been running an extensive marine data collection and monitoring program since the year 2002 using a wide range of instruments for land and marine surveys beside the deployment of the latest high-tech marine physical data collection instruments in the near-shore zone along the Emirate’s coastline and the Creek of Dubai.
The rejuvenated website, https://www.dubaicoast.ae, represents an open channel to communicate with the coastal professional community as well as the interested beach users. Public beach users can find camera and video images for the beach continuously updated every 30 minutes as well as the latest 24 hour values and charts of temperature, tide, wind, wave, and current conditions.
She added that the data provided for the professional firms and waterfront developers are extensive historical marine data files for wind, waves, current, tide, cross-shore profiles, seabed depth maps, sediment classification, water temperature and other types of marine data.
Eng. Alya added: “Coming to reality soon are the Coastal Management Guidelines for the Emirate of Dubai, the outcomes of this study represent key directive measures for the short, intermediate and long term sustainable coastal development, and copies of which will be made available. She also noted that an updated version of the Lidar survey data collected by three dimensional optical remote sensing technology for the seabed depth will also be made available for the local authorities and developers.