UAE: The Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Section of Dubai Municipality in collaboration with Unique System FZE, a Maritime Group Company has launched the Sandstorm Forecasting/Prediction system in the emirate of Dubai.
Eng. Mohammed Mahmoud Mashroom, Director of Survey Department of Dubai Municipality said that while sand storms are of natural occurrence, they can pose a great problem for human societies living near the desert regions. For example Arabian Peninsula experiences more frequent sand storms as compared to the other regions .
”Therefore, Dubai Municipality started the sandstorm prediction project. It will be an extension to the existing Dubai Municipality ”s Fog Monitoring and Forecasting System which runs at Dubai Municipality since 2010,” Mashroom said.
Dubai Municipality ”s Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Section of Dubai Municipality has several components comprising of various sub-systems that provide real time monitoring, alerts, warnings and timely dissemination of information to concerned departments.
Eman Ahmed Al khatibi Al falasi Head of Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Section said: After studying satellite imagery, areas in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia have been identified as large sources of dust affecting the UAE. There are also source areas in Pakistan and locally in the UAE. The dust storms are driven by current meteorological situations, e.g. strong winds favoring their occurrence but recent rainfall acting against them.
“The system will be based on the state of the art 3D weather prediction model with which Dubai Municipality has several years of experience and integrated with the model for sand source areas, transport by wind and settling,” she said.