Dr. Yaseen A. Al-Mulla
Associate Professor and Director
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.