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ESC team studies the possibility of using marine currents for energy generation | Qatar University

ESC team studies the possibility of using marine currents for energy generation

2018-01-07 00:00:00.0

One-year research project at the northwest marine area and Fasht ad Dībal

A research team from the Environmental Science Center (ESC) recently conducted an exploration trip onboard the research vessel Janan to study the northwest marine area and Fasht ad Dībal.

The team comprised 22 local and international researchers and experts in the field of biological, earth and environmental sciences. They will conduct a one-year research project to explore the geological setting and the physical and chemical conditions of the marine environment as well as the biological diversity of the ecosystem in the northwest marine area of the country. They will also study the possibility of using the prevalent marine currents for energy generation as well as the potentiality of finding freshwater resources in the coastal marine areas using the technology of remote sensing and geographic information system.

ESC Director Dr Hamad Al-Kuwari noted that the exploration trip will contribute to creating a database that will be used by institutions from the public and private sectors for fisheries and aquaculture development and tourism investment. He said: “ESC will continue to deliver on its vision to be a leader in fundamental and applied environmental research in the Gulf region. The center is keen to attract national competencies and to provide them with the opportunity to conduct research that meets local environmental needs.”

He added: “Qatar has a rich marine cultural heritage and diverse marine and terrestrial environments. Through using its scholars’ expertise and advanced technological assets, ESC is committed to document, understand and protect these precious natural resources for the benefit of the Qatari society. The center also offers the community cutting-edge research outcomes in the field of marine, atmospheric and earth sciences to optimize the use of local natural resources.”