QU centre starts digital archives process

March 10, 2014 - 4:53:42 am
DOHA: Qatar University’s Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit at Environmental Studies Centre has started the process of digitally archiving its historic collection of satellite imagery, aerial photography and bathymetric and GIS data.

The process by researchers will catalogue and archive the centre’s vast data on Qatar and Gulf marine communities, coastal waters, marine physical parameters and digital maps.  The archives will provide a substantive resource for the centre’s staff its local, regional and international research partners, and students whose work depends on digital geospatial data. This will be hosted on a server with regulated access and regular backup.

“The archives will enhance security of data which is a valuable resource for Qatar in its efforts to build an historical environment culture and heritage as stated in National Vision 2030 and development strategies,” said Acting Director Hamad Al Saad Al Kuwari of the centre. “We are proud to create such an important resource that will add value to Qatar’s environmental legacy.”

Work will be led by the centre’s Applied Research Department Deputy Manager Dr Nadeem Hashem and GIS specialist Julie Camy. The Peninsula