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Space tech assists environmental efforts in the Arab region

Movement of sand dunes poses a serious threat to safety on the roads, and to agriculture across the Arab region. Satellite data allows users to recognise the movement of the sand with a precision range of 2 mm per second. Thereby, travellers can be advised to take alternative routes, and farmers can take measures to protect their crops in due time.

Simulations of sand dune movements is just one of many examples of how space technology can help the region to protect its environment. Coordinated by ENSTINET, the national research and education network (NREN) of Egypt, 12 research centres in the region are actively using space technology.

Submitted by Morten Andersen

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