A novel system for air quality monitoring in the UAE using advanced satellite and modeling techniques.

BCoastal Processes

Ocean Color and detection of Sea Ice


Classification of habitat maps using high resolution satellite images.


Towards achieving a Fog-Ready Air Traffic Management System: Numerical Forecast and Satellite Detection

Welcome to Khalifa University's CESAM Research Group!

The Coastal and Environmental Sensing And Modeling (CESAM) Lab at KU focuses on studying natural processes and addressing environmental challenges that are proper to the region and propose solutions and decision support systems for stakeholders to achieve sustainability. The overarching goal has been to advance science in the field of environmental sensing and modeling and adapt the existing models to the arid and hyper-arid context. CESAM lab has been awarded a number of research projects funded by several government authorities and stakeholders in the UAE, the region, and the world with a total level of external support around 7 million dollars.

Research activities in CESAM lab, led by Dr. Marouane Temimi, address land, atmosphere, and ocean processes and the interactions between them. The research has been based on extensive use of satellite remote sensing, numerical models in high-performance computers, and ground-based sensors.

The team of researchers at the CESAM lab successfully deployed a comprehensive air quality monitoring system in the UAE (https://earth.masdar.ac.ae/air_quality/), which is now hosted by the minister of climate change and environment for the public to use. In addition, CESAM has been providing Etihad Airways with a fog tracking and forecast system that uses both satellite and advanced numerical models that is evolving to an aviation weather decision support system. The team also has been working with the National Center for Meteorology to develop a unified weather forecast model leveraging the outcomes of the UAE rain enhancement program. Moreover, the lab has worked on marine related issues, developing a number of relevant applications for oil spill and seawater quality tracking and monitoring in the region (https://earth.masdar.ac.ae/marine/). CESAM team has had success in working with the UAE space agency and other partners for the development of UAE wide Land Cover and habitat maps. Plus, the team contributed to the validation of the SMAP NASA mission for soil moisture monitoring with an assessment of the product in the UAE and the region. CESAM lab’s activities are expanding rapidely in the UAE and the region to cover new application and address the local need for the use of remote sensing and advanced numerical modeling to addresses the faced challenges with a local expertise and skills.