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

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