A team of specialists at the Geoinformatics Department of the College of Graduate Studies at Arabian Gulf University (AGU) is implementing a research project to estimate the amount of carbon in the mangrove environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The team
visited Ras Sanad Reserve to determine the optimum location to sample mangrove plants, using advanced devices for field data readings using to measure the area, size of the plant mass and to record the electromagnetic spectrum fingerprint of the various surface landmarks of the area studied by the research project.
Head of the Geoinformatics Department at AGU, Associate Professor of Geographical and Environmental Information Systems, and the principal researcher in this project, Dr Sabah Al-Jenaid, said that AGU’s policy has always encouraged and funded scientific research.
“The visit to Ras Sanad Reserve was organised to identify the area of study and to determine optimal sites for the sampling of mangroves. This project is an ongoing collaboration between specialists from the Department of Geoinformatics with researchers and specialists in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment at the university, to conduct natural and chemical analysis in their application labs,” she said.
Participating in the research are professors, specialists and technicians from the College of
Graduate Studies. The team also has students from the two departments to train in the scientific research process, especially in planning and preparation for field work, observing safety procedures in the field, in addition to methods of choosing the sample locations and taking field measurements.
Dr Al-Jenaid noted that the Ras Sanad Marine Reserve located in Tubli Bay is the last mangrove site in Bahrain. It covers an area of about half a square kilometre and is a unique ecosystem that provides a rare natural habitat for many species of birds, fish, plants and other marine lifeforms. As such, scientific research ought to be intensified to understand the mangrove environment in order to preserve it.