The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri) of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (Care-C) of the Cyprus Institute ( CyI), have signed a collaboration agreement to estimate and predict the risks of contamination and the associated impacts. resulting from the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides accidentally released from a large industrial installation.
The aim of the Qeeri-Care-C collaboration is to develop a methodology for the risk and vulnerability assessment of environmental hazards in the Middle East in addition to testing this methodology by estimating the risk to the population in Qatar, in the event serious accident at a nuclear or industrial risk site.
The main objectives of the agreement are the establishment of preliminary radioactivity risk maps for atmospheric deposition of radionuclides following potential nuclear accidents in the Middle East. Second, the evaluation of the risks of atmospheric deposition and of exposure of the population to radioactivity and other toxic substances following potential accidents in industrial installations. The collaboration will also lead to the establishment of an early warning system for radioactive and other toxic releases to the atmosphere in the Middle East region, using numerical forecasting tools.
Dr Huda al-Sulaiti, Senior Research Director at the Qeeri Natural and Environmental Hazards Observatory, said: âWe aim to use our state-of-the-art facilities in characterization, modeling and forecasting, to establish early warning systems. to assess natural hazards and support political and decision-making processes. We look forward to working alongside Cyl to support resilience efforts to reduce and mitigate the risk of natural and environmental hazards. “
Professor Jean Sciare, Director of Care-C, said: âWe are delighted to be working with Qeeri on this project. The combination of the systems we already have in place, such as Care-C’s EMAC model and Qeeri’s WRF-Chem model are helping us We work closely with global partners to conduct pioneering research programs involving high-speed peak, in order to solve problems of regional and international importance. “
Dr Marc Vermeersch, Executive Director of Qeeri, said: âWe believe partnerships such as the one we recently signed with CyI resonate with our goal of being a catalyst for positive transformation in Qatar and the region while having a global impact. This partnership is crucial to leveraging the expertise of Qeeri researchers and engineers as well as specialists from CyI to assess the risks and potential impacts, and thus provide robust and timely recommendations to minimize the risks for Qatar.