Abu Dhabi: Recently, 20 members of Masdar Institute of Science of Technology's Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program explored new vistas in the technology and applications of satellite remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) for mapping and monitoring the natural environment during a course in the UAE.
The satellite and earth observation course titled 'Remote Sensing and GIS' was part of the year-long schedule of special courses offered in technology, policy and leadership for the personal and professional development of YFEL members. Led by two faculty members Dr. Prashanth Marpu, and Dr. Marouane Temimi, Associate Professors from Water and Environmental Engineering program, Masdar Institute, the course covered a range of remote sensing and GIS tools and techniques used to address environmental issues at local, regional and global scales.
The first module provided participants with an understanding of remote sensing and its applications for mapping and monitoring the natural environment, while the second module offered students an introduction to GIS and its applications in spatial analysis of location-enabled data. The third module included a visit to the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), a strategic initiative that aims to inspire scientific innovation, technological advancement and sustainable development in the UAE.