Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental ScienceS (ACCESS)

The Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental ScienceS (ACCESS) is a leading research center on the climate and the environment of the Arabian peninsula and the Gulf region. It intends to bring the scientific research on local and regional climate change and environment up to speed with the rapid development of the societies and economies that dwell in the region. To this end, the Center is building observational and modeling capacity in the marine and atmospheric sector, integrating the multidisciplinary competencies present within NYU Abu Dhabi and the NYU Global Network. The Center collaborates with UAE government agencies and public stakeholders, and its scientists are part of the Climate Change Research Network (CCRN). At the same time, the Center focuses on basic scientific research (e.g., on rainfall, coral reefs, plankton dynamics, urban environments, instrument development, etc.), which is locally motivated but has global implications.

The Center is divided into seven core interdisciplinary research cores:

  1. Biogeochemical Extremes in the Southern Gulf
  2. Climate of the Arabian Peninsula
  3. Arabian Marine Systems in a Warming Climate
  4. Environmental and Climate Change in UAE’s Urban Areas
  5. Impacts of the Gulf’s Changing Salinity
  6. Enhancing the Conservation of UAE’s Coral Reefs
  7. Impacts of Phytoplankton Dynamics on UAE’s Coastal Waters

Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigator(s)

Farah Shamout

Assistant Professor Emerging Scholar of Computer Engineering

Shafer Smith

Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere/Ocean Science

Researchers

Name Title
Zouhair Lachkar Senior Research Scientist
Ajaya Ravindran Senior Research Scientist
Sourav Taraphdar Research Scientist

Contact Us

Primary Investigator

Francesco Paparella
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Email: fp41@nyu.edu