As hydrographic data gains more importance in marine exploitation activities and ocean protection initiatives, GCC governments are investing significantly in advanced technology for data integration, management and access.
Following the successful launch of its first edition, the 2nd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017 will be held on the 30-31 January 2017 in Dubai, UAE. It will provide a specialized platform for the GCC to support knowledge-share between marine stakeholders, authorities, consultant and experts to gain insight into data acquisition, marine solutions and innovations to integrate and optimize the use of technology in marine projects (oil and gas, islands construction, canals, ports) and to share data between all professionals of this sector, regionally and worldwide.
In June 2015, Abu Dhabi completed a satellite-based habitat mapping project worth millions of dollars. With Dubai’s Expo 2020 win, substantial investments have been made to increase the Emirate’s coastline. Kuwait has signed a partnership for marine data collection to support sustainable marine management in the state’s coastal waters. Latest marine technology implementation is taking place as Sohar Port of Oman is increasing connectivity with the world.
With more projects to be announced in the coming months, the importance of integrating existing technical capabilities and information into a framework for GCC marine data infrastructure rises.
The 2nd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017 will provide insight into international and regional case studies, to analyze operations approaches processes and methods, to integrate new technology and to share marine data.