Progress Report: October - December 2014

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Progress Report

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

  • The Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) delivered the "Sea Area and remote sensing observation of algal bloom phenomena: Knowledge base for MODIS remote sensing and environmental conditions” report that will inform the HABs forecasting tool.
  • Completed agreements with chapter authors of the Manual on HABs and Desalination.
  • Began derivation of bathymetric data from remote sensing images.
  • Began collection of satellite data for climatology and case studies.
  • Initiated discussions with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Oman Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries concerning their involvement in the remote sensing and modeling aspects of the project.
  • Began refinement of the existing regional FVCOM model; developed a regional meteorological model; tested the integration between the meteorological and hydrodynamic models.

During the next quarter, the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) will:

  • Complete planning logistics for the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) sampling; conduct site visits; and make contact with the focal point of Barka desalination plant.
  • Finalize the derivation of bathymetry data using remote sensing; create a graphic of new bathymetry; supply the dataset to modelers.
  • Collate satellite data for climatology and case studies; create a list of dates during which desalination plants might have experienced HAB problems.
  • Hire a HABs Technical Specialist.
  • Initiate biweekly sampling at Barka; conduct sample processing and analysis; conduct opportunistic or adaptive sampling if necessary.
  • Define optimal satellite algorithms.
  • Begin implementation of a particle tracking submodel.
  • Continue to refine the existing regional Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM); develop a regional meteorological model; test integration between the meteorological and hydrodynamic models.
  • Begin preparation of HAB Manual chapters.
  • Compile historical desalination plant data starting with 2008 and documenting major disruptions due to HABs.

Research Results & Progress Reports

Progress Report: August - September 2014

Posted: 15 September 2014 | 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:

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