UAE: A new early-warning system using satellite imagery, remote sensing, and modelling in the Gulf was discussed during a conference held on 16-17 April 2014 by the Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC). The warning system will be used to study harmful algal blooms (HABs), which is also known as red tides.
Twenty-two partner organisations supported the international conference on the impact of red tides and HABs on desalination plants, which had 130 participants from 18 countries. MEDRC says that one clear message from the meeting was the urgent need for early warning and forecasting systems that can help desalination plants, as well as fish farms, tourist centres and other sensitive resources to anticipate HABs.
The project will be funded by the US Agency for International Development, and will involve US scientists as well as others from Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will use several desalination plants in Oman and one in Fujairah, UAE, to demonstrate the feasibility and value of the technology, which is based on HAB detection and forecasting techniques now used operationally in the US.