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Dr. Yaseen A. Al-Mulla

Associate Professor and Director

Email: yalmula@squ.edu.om    






Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have emerged as invaluable technologies for ecosystem analysis, evaluation and monitoring. Remote sensing which involves the use of satellite imagery continues to be an integral part of projects dealing with mineral and petroleum exploration, pollution detection, weather prediction, commercial fishing, rangeland monitoring, crop forecasting, urban development and management studies and many more. The spectrum of remote sensing technology, however, is broad and invariably requires careful tailoring of response to the problem. A major challenge to users of remote sensing is how to match the appropriate technology to the problem at hand. GIS entails database analysis, description, explanation, pattern prediction and processes at geographic scales.

The need to establish a Remote Sensing Centre within the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was recognized more than one and half decades ago when on the 25 December 1988 H.E. the Vice-Chancellor issued Administrative Order No.741 which established a Remote Sensing Committee in the University and defined its duties and responsibilities. A Director for the Center was appointed in August 2002.

The 7th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Center of Excellence (CoE), Muscat, was inaugurated at SQU in February 2006. The Center is coordinated by PACA and the SQU Remote Sensing and GIS Research Center.

The RSGISRC at Sultan Qaboos University supports teaching and research activities within the university, and also acts as a national resource, providing strategic service, consultancy and training, and promoting international collaboration in the field. The center provides the needed expertise in the development of diverse image processing and computer vision techniques, satellite remote sensing and GIS for mapping analysis and development.


Become a center of excellence in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in the sultanate, the region, and across the Globe and develop partnership with industry and government


  • Provide interdisciplinary leadership in remote sensing and GIS through formal teaching, instructions, outreach programs, mutual research, and consulting.


  • RSGIS Center aims to enhance the utilization of spaced-based technologies and solutions for natural applications as well as for disaster management and emergency response in the Sultanate and the region.


  • Supervise the coordination of activities and research projects related to Remote sensing (RS), Aerial Photography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the SQU and between the University, ministries, industry, and institutions in/outside the Sultanate.


  • Organize training courses, workshops, lectures, and conferences related to Remote Sensing and GIS at national and international levels.


  • Develop and teach undergraduate and postgraduate remote sensing and GIS courses.
  • Enhance the awareness and improve the use of geospatial information systems within the University, Ministries, and private industry.
  • Promote interdisciplinary research and projects using remote sensing and GIS.
  • Seek and execute remote sensing and GIS projects from national and international funding agencies.
  • Organize thematic short courses in remote sensing and GIS for the Ministries and private organizations.
  • Organize seminars, symposia, workshops, and conferences on remote sensing and GIS.
  • Facilitate interaction between Ministries and private companies and eventually form national user and interest groups in remote sensing and GIS.




The Remote Sensing and GIS Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS facilities.

  •         Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone)
  •         ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE and PCI Geomatica, for image processing terrain analysis, radar analysis, digital photogrammetry, data visualization and image analysis.
  •         ARC/INFO and ArcGIS, for GIS analysis.
  •         Other complimentary equipment includes a digitizer, color scanners and color printers.
  •         Analytical Spectral Device Inc. (ASD) FieldSpec Pro spectroradiometer (3-2.5 µm) for spectral analyses in remote sensing, minerals and soils, vegetation, marine and water, and more.
  •         Two Global Positioning Systems GPS, TRIMBLE.
  •         GIS Data: Oman topographic maps, roads network, drainage system, other environmental maps.
  •         Satellite imagery: WorldView, Sentinel, Radar, Landsat TM, SPOT, ASTER, IRS, IKONOS, QuickBird, etc.
  •         One server, two workstations, and 40 Pentium 4s for teaching, short courses, training and research.