A team of young national competencies working at the NSSA lab for Processing Satellite Images and Data, was able to conduct a study to inventory the number and precise location of greenhouses in Bahrain, their spatial distribution amongst four governorates, as well as forecast their total area for 2020, using spatial imagery and data.

This, amongst other studies are part of the NSSA’s efforts to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals by harnessing space science and technology to carry out various studies.

Shaima Al Meer, a space data analyst at NSSA, said the study was carried out in a record time by the team at the Lab for Processing Satellite Images and Data, which used artificial intelligence techniques to deal with the massive data collected over the past months by satellites orbiting in the Earth’s near space and monitoring changes on its surface. The team also collaborated with professors and specialists in the subject.

She stated that the study is a valuable source of information for government agencies since it delivers accurate results in the areas of agricultural development, environmental protection, and food security.

Eng. Muneera Al-Malki, confirmed that this study constitutes an added value to the agricultural geographical information database established by the Agency’s laboratory, that will benefit  the agricultural sector and food security in the Kingdom, by providing accurate and updated information periodically.

In this context, the team stated that the National Space Science Agency provides many analysis services to support national projects for a number of government entities, including the agriculture and marine resources sector in the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, and the National Initiative for the Development of the Sector agricultural.