Project Details


Countries having significant coastline length require a precise and comprehensive approach to monitoring their internal waters, territorial waters, contiguous zones, exclusive...e economic zones, and continental shelves. Offshore monitoring is indispensable for developing security measures, environmental monitoring, tourist branch, and fishery industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s coastline has a total length of over 2640 km. The satellite-based remote sensing data occasionally provide the necessary information for monitoring. However, these data have significant disadvantages. The primary stress for the monitoring is made for the data in visible, infrared, mid-infrared, and thermal bands. The atmosphere is not transparent for these bands and the space observations. The space observations are possible only for atmospheric windows that restrict the application of the remote sensing data. On the other hand, the data that provide monitoring information have a relatively low spatial resolution (0.5-0.25 km) that is not enough for precise monitoring. Last but not least, the satellite-based remote sensing data have low repeatability regarding the other data collection methods. The project's fundamental goal is to overcome the problems of low resolution, low repeatability, and spectral constraints of the satellite-based remote sensing data through the implication of the UAV data to improve the quality of the offshore region monitoring. The project’s idea relies on the combined application of UAV data in a continuous spectrum (from visible up to thermal) collected daily over regions of interest and the fusion of these data with satellite data to improve the monitoring quality. The successful project implementation will allow the development of the improved satellite data calibration model through the UAV data, interpolation models for the satellite and UAV data fusion, refined technological workflow for satellite and UAV data fusion, and facilitate the territorial seawater monitoring prediction model development. All the developments in a complex will allow the creation of a monitoring system for the territorial seawaters that will satisfy the requirements of an early-warning system, which in turn allows for predicting sea pollution, weather forecasting, management of coastal zones for tourist activity, and measures for providing and maintaining the fishing industry in exclusive economic zones. The field studies will be conducted four times and will include travels of the research team to the study object, preparation works, and field measurements. The estimated time of the project duration is one year, with an option to extend upon successful completion of the suggested project.
Effective start/end date1/12/231/12/24


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