Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

The Red Sea hosts coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, brine pools, and other important ecosystems. The incredible biodiversity of the Red Sea holds untapped potential for understanding globally-significant questions, particularly with regard to evolutionary biology, stress tolerance, and adaptation to extreme environments.

Active since the opening of KAUST in 2009, the Red Sea Research Center is well-positioned and well-equipped to study the Red Sea with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class researchers. With its striking blue waters in our backyard, the Red Sea represents KAUST's most unique 'laboratory'. The Red Sea Research Center undertakes a wide variety of research to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the Red Sea's rich ecology. This knowledge is crucial to ensure sustainable use and conservation of its natural resources.

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Latest News

18 January, 2022

Prof. Duarte's TedTalk: "The unexpected underwater plant fighting climate change"

Once considered the ugly duckling of environmental conservation, seagrass is emerging as a powerful tool for climate action. From drawing down carbon to filtering plastic pollution, marine scientist Carlos M. Duarte details the incredible things this oceanic hero does for our planet -- and shows ingenious ways he and his team are protecting and rebuilding marine life.

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20 December, 2021

KAUST inaugurates the world’s first Coral Probiotics Village

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently announced the inauguration of the world's first coral probiotics village in the Red Sea. The village, located around 20 km off the campus shores, is part of the University's Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) efforts and approach to coral preservation and restoration. The inaugural featured an underwater ribbon-cutting ceremony and was attended by representatives from KAUST leadership, RSRC researchers and students, as well as members from the community.

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Upcoming Events

The KAUST Research Conference on Robotics and Autonomy 2022
  • 28 Feb – 02 Mar 2022

KAUST RISC Lab will host the KAUST Research Conference on Robotics and Autonomy 2022 from February 28 till March 2. The event will be organized by Prof. Eric Feron, Prof. Shinkyu Park, and Prof. Michael Berumen.

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