Progress Report: August - September 2014

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Progress Report

Since the project's start in August 2014, the following activities have taken place:

  • The work plan for the duration of the project was completed, including major objectives, deliverables, plans for meetings and workshops and for stakeholder engagement, and a schedule of activities.
  • The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) drafted and negotiated a research contracts with research partners.

During the next quarter, MEDRC will:

  • Finalize and issue research contracts research partners.
  • Contact a potential co-editor for the manual and potential authors for manual chapters. MEDRC plans to have a partial or complete list of committed editor and author chapters by the end of next quarter.
  • Prepare and plan logistics for sampling site visits.
  • Prepare a written report to provide a knowledge base for remote sensing and environmental conditions.
  • Obtain bathymetry data using remote sensing and create a graphic of new bathymetry.
  • Collate satellite data for climatology and case studies, including a summary of data statistics.
  • Initiate bi-weekly sampling at Barka, conduct sample processing and analysis, and initiate opportunistic or adaptive sampling, if necessary.
  • Define satellite algorithms.
  • Define set-up for the particle tracker.
  • Refine existing regional Finte Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM), including testing model stability and skill in both barotropic and baroclinic mode, developing regional meteorological model, and testing integration between the meteorological and hydrodynamic model.
  • Complete agreements with all chapter authors and prepare chapter texts.
  • Compile historical desalination plant data, starting with 2008 and documenting any major disruptions due to harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Research Results & Progress Reports

Progress Report: October - December 2014

Posted: 26 January 2015 | Progress Report

During the reporting period, the research team was engaged in the following activities: 

An algal bloom at the Sohar Industrial Estate in Oman.

Research Team