The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST), the UAE’s premier scientific and technology organisation, has provided recent images of Japan from its UAE-owned and operated DubaiSat-1 satellite.
The images of the tsunami and earthquake struck cities were provided to the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as part of a global effort to help assess and plan relief efforts.
Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of EIAST, said: “This is part of the UAE’s commitment to support the ongoing international rescue efforts in Japan by offering current and up-to-date imagery of the damage caused by the natural disaster. By providing the images, EIAST also hopes to contribute to the current focus of Japan and other countries on developing structures that can withstand or mitigate the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis.”
The co-operation between EIAST and Japanese as well as UN agencies is also a major aspect of the UAE participation in the rescue operations under way in Japan.
Al Mansoori added: “These images, when combined with the many hundreds of images from other satellites will not only help in assessing the scale of damage but also help plan the recovery effort more effectively. The EIAST remains committed to partner with the global community in using our resources to the benefit of humanity and hopefully save lives.”
DubaiSat-1, launched by EIAST in July 2009, has since been providing satellite images to assist planning and development in several areas including observation and fog forecast, predicting sand storms, identifying water quality in the Gulf region - especially the effect of waste distillation on the environment and marine life in the UAE.
The organisation is currently preparing for the launch of the UAE’s second remote sensing satellite, DubaiSat-2, underscoring the country’s commitment to strengthen its advanced space technologies to fulfil the needs of scientific and technological research, as well as to provide up-to-date spatial and earth monitoring data.
The EIAST is Dubai Government Department launched to promote scientific innovation and advanced technology in the UAE and the region.
The EIAST’s primary roles are to promote the culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE, enhance and build an internationally competitive base for human skills development, position Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub among advanced nations, and establish international collaborative links and joint projects with industry and research organisations.
It has conducted research in four main areas - observation and fog forecast; use of satellite pictures in predicting sand storms; quality of water in the Gulf region - especially the effect of waste distillation in environment and marine life surrounding the oceans existing in the UAE.
It is closely working with UAE universities on different educational areas, such as resolution enhancement, quality improvement and detection algorithms for different phenomena’s in the image.