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Initial on-site measurements at potential observatory sites within the United Arab Emirates
Author(s): S. Els; J. Maree; A. Bushahab; G. Angeli
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Paper Abstract

There have been considerations for the development of some substantial optical telescope facilities within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since some time. In early 2016 a project to identify two promising locations and collect on-site measurements at those locations for at least one annual cycle. These two locations were chosen primarily for their altitude and overall availability. During the second half of 2016 weather stations were deployed on both sites. One site was selected as reference site and here also some additional systems were deployed, however, not covering an annual cycle. In this paper these very preliminary measurements are being presented, and the conditions - primarily meteorological - in the Eastern mountainous region of the UAE is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10705, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VIII, 107051J (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312392
Show Author Affiliations
S. Els, Gulf Solutions (United Arab Emirates)
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)
J. Maree, Gulf Solution (United Arab Emirates)
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)
A. Bushahab, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)
G. Angeli, GASS Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10705:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VIII
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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