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NASA selects Kuwait for research on soil humidity KFAS holds lecture on ‘climate maps of desert environment’

KUWAIT CITY, June 6, (KUNA): Director of the research division of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Dr Esam Al-Sayyed Omar said Thursday the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected Kuwait among a few number of countries for its program to conduct researches on soil humidity. “The selection is based on the availability of technical and human resources necessary for such a research mission,” he told KUNA on the sidelines of a KFAS lecture on “climate maps of desert environment in Kuwait, the Arabian Peninsula and other parts of the world.” “The program, the first of its kind in Kuwait, aims to gauge the ratios of humidity in the desert soil and compare them with the weather readings received from satellites; it falls in the framework of a cooperation agreement between KFAS and the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),” Dr Omar pointed out. “KFAS maintains friendly exchanges with prestigious organizations in the advanced countries with a view to building the capacity of Kuwaiti researchers and keeping abreast of the latest developments in the various scientific researches,” he affirmed.

On the lecture, he said it was delivered by Dr Hala Al-Jassar, professor of physics at Kuwait University, in the run-up to NASA launching of a new satellite designed for taking accurate data on climate. “The readings of the new satellite will be available to Kuwaiti researchers in order to enable them conduct further climate researches,” Dr Omar went on. He commended the cooperation between KFAS and MIT in such projects as the sustainable building program which aims to develop quakeresistant construction materials and energy-efficient buildings.

Meanwhile, Dr. Al-Jassar said the team of researchers, led by her, will conduct joint field researches with NASAbefore the launching of the new satellite, called MSAB, in November, 2014. “This is the second KFAS-funded joint research project,” she said, adding that the researches will be conducted in collaboration with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense, the MIT and the New York University (NYU).

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