KUWAIT: NASA scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Essam Heggy announced yesterday the beginning of the second phase of the water discovery project in Kuwait’s desert, using Radar Sounding technology.
Heggy said at the end of his visit to Kuwait that he held several meetings with officials from The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to follow up on the cooperation agreement in the development of the technology of underground water in the desert areas. He noted that the project is still in its infancy and he is preparing for a series of visits during the few months to conduct field studies to understand the development of the groundwater in the Middle East.
He explained that the project’s goal is to apply the technology used in the Mars project to locate previously unknown aquifers in arid regions, adding that the project in Kuwait would allow NASA’s technology to be calibrated for desert conditions. Dr Essam Heggy is an Arabic-French Research Scientist in the Radar Science Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Visiting Associate in Geology at the California Institute of Technology. — KUNA