The UAE government has mandated the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar Institute, the graduate-level research university established in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to map wind and solar resources across the country, using a combination of ground measurements and calibrated satellite data, specifically accounting for impacts of dust and humidity not traditionally incorporated into resource assessment methodologies.
The UAE solar atlas was launched officially during the UN Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. The UAE atlas was made available in 2013 – via the International Renewable Energy Agency's online global resource atlas portal – for the benefit of government agencies, project developers, researchers, and the general public.
The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment also provides technical and financial assistance to IRENA's global atlas and other developing countries working on renewable resource assessment.
The Center is recognized as an international leader in resource assessment in arid and dusty environments.