The Gulf Environment: Understanding and Managing the Challenges


WHEN January 21-23, 2020
WHERE NYU Abu Dhabi WHO NYUAD Division of Science and the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling By Invitation Interested scholars please contact

A harsh natural environment, rapid urbanization and a warming climate combine to put increasing pressure on the environment of the Gulf Coast Countries. As a result, the region faces a number of environmental challenges, including ensuring water security, improving air quality, and protecting marine resources. We propose here to gather regional, academic, and governmental experts to discuss how to address these challenges. 

The conference is organized around three main themes:

  • Air pollution and water security
  • Fisheries and marine ecosystems
  • Climate change and its regional impacts

The goals of the conference are:

  1. To showcase research in environmental sciences done at NYUAD and other local universities
  2. To identify specific environmental challenges for the UAE and the Gulf Coast Countries
  3. To foster greater collaboration with regional academic and governmental institutions. 

Our broader agenda here is to lay the foundation for a regional environmental consortium involving regional universities and government agencies that would facilitate data and knowledge exchange, support research on environmental problems, and offer to governmental entities a local network of experts to help in assessing the various environmental challenges facing the regions.

Organized by
  • Francesco Paparella, Principal Organizer
  • Olivier Pauluis, Co-organizer
  • Shafer Smith, Co-organizer
  • John Burt, Co-organizer
  • Zouhair Lachkar, Co-organizer
  • Ajaya Ravindran, Co-organizer
Hosted by
  • NYUAD Science Division
  • The Center for Prototype Climate Modeling

How to Participate

Oral communications to the conferences are by invitation only. However, we warmly welcome submissions for a poster session from scholars and researchers in any field related to the conference's topic.

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