Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) scientist Dr Mohammed Ayoub, showcased the institutional efforts to deliver high-impact, research-based solutions to positively improve air quality in Qatar, at a recent presentation during the National Air Quality Conference in Austin,Texas.
The event was organised by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and brought together leading local and international air quality researchers to discuss forecasting, mapping and innovative outreach programmes.
Dr Ayoub, Air Quality and Climate Change Portfolio Lead at QEERI under the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and Dr Fatima Al Otoum, Health Inspection expert at the Ministry of Public Health, co-presented at the conference and jointly represented the State of Qatar in the initiative.
During their presentation, the scientists spoke about how QEERI enables the development and evaluation of national policies, strategies and technologies to mitigate the impact of poor air quality in Qatar. They explained how the institute contributes to adapting to climate change. Dr Ayoub said it was important to be able to highlight the positive steps taken to tackle and mitigate air quality concerns in Qatar. The conference, according to him, allows them to share knowledge and information with colleagues in the field, and opens doors to future collaborations.
Some of the topics covered during the conference include the six-point Air Quality Management Framework developed by QEERI; how air quality is monitored in Qatar; air quality decision support system; and air quality forecasting capabilities.
Dr Al Otoum emphasised the importance of collaboration.
We, at the Ministry of Public Health, work closely with QEERI to develop an innovative and efficient air quality management system. We also partner with other national stakeholders, both in government and the private sector as well as research and academia to ensure we can successfully implement the proposed solutions to protect the public health from a wide spectrum of adverse health outcomes due to possible exposure to outdoor air pollution.’
The three-day conference – which saw the attendance of state, local, regional and international planning agencies, environmental and research organisations, and industry – featured an opening plenary session, exhibits and a poster session. There were also focused breakout sessions on air quality forecasting and mapping, and communicating air quality. The organising committee selected presentations from submissions based on the quality of research, its impact and technical merit.
Other contributors to this effort include Dr Luis Ackerman, Dr Christos Fountoukis and Dr Rima Isaifan from QEERI; and Engineer Jassim Al Emadi from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
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