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.

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.

Conference Themes:

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


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

How to Participate

If you would like to attend, please register below. Interested scholars are also welcome to submit a poster abstract.

Confirmed Speakers

Here's a list of conference speakers. More to be confirmed soon.

Speaker Institution
Mr Qais Bader Al Suwaidi Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Professor Shady Amin New York University Abu Dhabi
Professor John Burt New York University Abu Dhabi
Dr Edmo Campos American University of Sharjah
Meteorologist Sufian Farrah National Center of Meteorology
Dr Cécile Guieu Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) & CPCM
Professor Arpad Horvath University of California Berkeley
Dr Jasminka Jaksic Dubai Municipality
Dr Zouhair Lachkar New York University Abu Dhabi
Professor Marta Losada New York University Abu Dhabi
Professor Samer Madanat New York University Abu Dhabi
Professor Annalisa Molini Masdar Institute, Khalifa University
Professor Olivier Pauluis New York University New York
Professor Jean Sciare The Cyprus Institute
Professor Marouane Temimi Masdar Institute, Khalifa University
Dr Lulin Xue National Center for Atmospheric Research

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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