|The ROPME has initiated a regional program and special remote sensing unit for routine monitoring of marine and coastal environments in its regional marine area (the Gulf, Sea of Oman and Arabian Sea), which is conventionally, known as ROPME Sea Area.
This program relies essentially on processing and utilization of real-time and near-real time satellite data from NASA’s MODIS sensor that is being received through the MODIS Direct Broadcast Receiving Station. This station has been installed at ROPME Secretariat in Al-Jabriya, Kuwait in early 2003 and still operative since that data. The station is being operated and managed by the experts of the Remote Sensing Unit (RSU) and routinely receives satellite data only from MODIS sensor onboard Terra and Aqua satellites.
The RSU also provides a guidance and advice to the national focal points and other concerned authorities in case they need further information on status of the marine environment in their territorial waters or regional seas.