12/23/2012 12:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mapping the Mangroves with Tablets and Tethrs in Al Khor, Doha, Qatar

In the Spring of 2012, The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and Conservation International (CI) partnered to launch the Mapping Mangroves project. Four Qatari high school students, along with four American and four Brazilian high schools students were selected to become Youth Ambassadors.

After participating in Rio+20 and other conferences, as well as meeting with experts and completing research projects, the Youth Ambassadors returned to their own communities to raise awareness about the environment and take action at the grassroots level.

Flash forward to the COP18 World Climate Summit in December of 2012, where the project continued to grow and incorporate innovative technology such as Tethr's wireless sensors, apps and solar powered remote Wifi station.

In Al Khor, along the coast just north of Doha, students gathered with tablet computers and waded out into the salt marsh to garner data transmitting from wireless sensors positioned in the mangroves. The students were able to capture information such as tree size, color, water levels and more to populate a database for further analysis.

Awareness of the mangrove decline, their role in the environment and the importance of conserving the existing forests has been a consistent theme at the COP18 World Climate Summit.

"We are truly honored to work with the Qatar Foundation International and Conservation International. The sheer amount of talent that has gathered here in Doha is amazing. It is truly inspiring to see so many people working together, sharing data and leveraging technology to gain insight into the global challenge of carbon emissions," observed Stephen Hanley, CEO, Tethr.