Oman: The Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System Centre at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman is planning to use remote sensing technology to study the intertidal ecosystems of Barr Al Hikman (Al Hikman Peninsula).
Barr Al Hikman is famous for abundant birdlife, turtle habitat and passage of dolphins and whales. The research project entitled ‘Remote sensing and geospatial data analysis of Barr Al Hikman intertidal ecosystem: Implications of cascading predator-prey effects in a pristine seagrass-based food web’ is aimed at promoting environmental awareness and conservation, and subsequently to promote scientific tourism in the area. It has been approved for funding by The Research Council. The three-year project will be a collaborative effort between SQU and NIOZ, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.