March 31, 2023

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"Abu Dhabi Environment" monitors by "drones" to protect the soil from pollution

“Abu Dhabi Environment” monitors by “drones” to protect the soil from pollution

The Environmental Institute in Abu Dhabi has unveiled the implementation of five soil monitoring missions per day over an area of ​​7.5 hectares through a soil quality monitoring program using the latest remote sensing technologies using satellites and drones. “A structure aims to implement a soil protection system.

It has launched the 2018 Soil Quality Control Program to assess the impact of human activities on land and soil resources and to lay the groundwork for future soil management plans, conservation policies and regulations. The project included 270 monitoring sites, 600 samples were collected, and more than 45 workers were surveyed.

It also visited 246 facilities, which showed a commitment to soil quality regulations, which is 92.7%.

In 2020, the Commission began implementing a pilot project to expand the program and improve its performance by using the latest technologies to measure heavy metals by remote sensing using satellites, drones and handheld spectrometers. Soil samples were collected in the field.

By combining remote sensing and field-collected data and artificial intelligence, it was able to use very concise algorithms to generate accurate and precise data, ensuring a rigorous process to ensure the accuracy of the data. Fully understand the big picture and maintain the health of Abu Dhabi soil for future generations.

Announced the successful completion of the first phase of the project in 2021, which uses UAV data with ultra-high-resolution spectral imaging technology and satellite imagery, and with high accuracy sufficient to monitor soil quality with artificial intelligence. The storage capacity of the Soil Archive at Traditional Soil Quality Monitoring Authority has a capacity of 25,000 soil samples and includes 6000 preserved and archived specimens.

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He stressed that high-resolution spectroscopic imaging of drones can determine the concentrations of certain pollutants such as arsenic, lead, nickel, cobalt and copper.

Each trip covers an area of ​​1.5 hectares, with five sites exploring 7.5 hectares per day. This is less costly as the aircraft is faster and uses less manpower to cover larger areas than traditional studies.

With each new flight, the model learns new forms and becomes smarter, and it is safer because it can be monitored without the need for human access to the sites.

The Authority stressed the need to comply with the strategic priorities of the authority and the quest to ensure a sustainable and integrated approach to land and soil protection, as well as to assess the impact of human activities and to provide future management plans, protection policies and fundamentals. Terms relating to soil.

Mapping pollution in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi aims to highlight areas that need to be treated, restored or protected to achieve a sustainable environment.

The Commission confirmed that the physical and chemical properties of an area can be remotely detected and monitored by remote sensing.

The use of remote sensing and AI-assisted data processing has made it possible to gain a better understanding of soil health.

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