Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches an Artificial Intelligence Lab

Providing a map of the major areas of solar photovoltaic locations and real time air pollutants monitoring,

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches an Artificial Intelligence Lab

Al Zeyoudi: The laboratory aims to promote sustainability in line with UAE strategy for artificial intelligence

Dubai, UAE: 1st September 2018 – In line with the UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence and corresponding to the objectives of UAE Vision 2021, the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment (MOCCAE) has launched the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the Ministry’s headquarters in Dubai. The lab utilizes artificial intelligence techniques in identify concentrated solar energy locations, monitor and analyze levels and sources of air pollutants in the country.
His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The Ministry launched the artificial intelligence laboratory in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, the pioneering initiative announced by our wise leadership in the framework of the UAE 2071 objectives.”

Dr. Al Zeyoudi reaffirmed MOCCAE’s keenness to be at the forefront of government agencies in adopting all tools and techniques related to artificial intelligence and ensuring high efficiency in achieving its strategic objectives.

“The laboratory aims to protect the local environment by monitoring and analyzing the available information accurately and using it in making the right decisions, based on the latest available global technologies, which play a pivotal role in the environmental sector, especially in the fields of monitoring, data analysis, communications and information storage and retrieval. Thus, it is natural to integrate all these tasks and strengthen them using systems that rely on knowledge and artificial intelligence.”

The laboratory includes three main systems: real time maps of solar photovoltaic locations in the UAE and a solar simulation system, an environmental monitoring system, which includes real time monitoring and forecasting, and a marine environment monitoring system.

Solar photovoltaic maps and the solar simulation system contribute to optimal location planning for the use of solar panels for power generation, contributing to the mapping of an integrated system of the best locations for solar power plants.

The environmental monitoring system, which includes real time monitoring and forecasting, provides satellite data on the concentrations of air pollutants and air quality index data. It also includes a series of mapping images showing hourly concentrations of air pollutants and their direction in the UAE, in addition to a three-day pollutant concentrations forecast model for six main pollutants; carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ground level ozone, particles with a diameter of less than 10 microns, as well as a five-day model for predicting concentrations of particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns.

The marine environment monitoring system has been developed to predict the quality of marine water in coastal areas of the UAE. This tool utilizes data provided daily by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) satellites to produce a daily assessment of water quality conditions of the country’s coast. The system also helps expand the ability to predict current movement and control water pollution by tracking oil leaks and providing information to help improve the route of tankers in the Gulf region.
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About the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment:
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment was established in February 2006 as the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Ministry acquired its new name following the UAE Cabinet reshuffle in February 2016 and the subsequent integration of the climate change function.

Under its redefined scope, the Ministry has taken on a dual mandate. On the national level, the Ministry aims to strengthen the UAE’s efforts in preserving the environment and promoting food diversity in accordance with the nation’s aspiration to emerge as a key benchmark for sustainable development. On the global level, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is working collaboratively with international stakeholders in combating climate change and highlighting the UAE’s path-breaking achievements in the sector at thought leadership platforms worldwide.
For further details, please contact us: Media@moccae.gov.ae

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