Doha 09th March 2014: Qatar University (QU) ‘s Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit in the Environmental Studies Centre (ESC) has started the process of digitally cataloguing and archiving its very large amount of data holdings on Qatar and the Gulf marine communities, coastal waters, marine physical parameters, and digital maps.
The process will be led by ESC Applied Research Department Deputy Manager Dr Nadeem Hashem and GIS Specialist Julie Camy and hosted on a dedicated server with regulated access and regular backup.
The archives will give a substantive resource collection for staff of the centre, its local, regional and international research partners, and students whose work depends on the digital geospatial data.
According to Hamad al Saad al Kuwari, ESC Acting Director, the archives will also improve the security of the data holdings which are a valuable resource for the country in its efforts to build an historical environment culture and heritage as stated in the national vision and development strategies.
“We are proud to create such an important resource that will add value to Qatar’s environmental legacy,” added al Kuwari.