Research Interests

Dr. Abualnaja's interests focus on air-sea interaction, estimating air-sea heat fluxes and its error analysis, water mass, salt and heat exchange, air-sea boundary layer response to different atmospheric forcing, observation, and analysis meso-scale ocean circulation, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and operational oceanography research fields.

Selected Publications

  • • Factors affecting the turbulent air-sea heat fluxes over the Red Sea
    Y. O. Abualnaja, P.P.Vassilis and A. J. Simon, H. Kontoyiannis, D. E. Raitsos and I. Hotei...
    Journal of Climate, Vol. 28, No. 7. 2665-2681, (2015)
  • Sea Level Changes. In: The Red Sea. The Formation, Morphology, and Environment of a Young Ocean Basin
    D. T. Pugh and Y.O. Abualnaja, N. Rasul and I. Stuart
    Springer Publishing, Germany, 10.1007/978-3-662-45201-1_18, (2015)
  • • Seasonal Supply of Nutrients to Red Sea Coral Reefs by an Indian Ocean Water Intrusion
    J.Churchill, A. Bower, D. C. McCorkle, and Y.O. Abualnaja
    Journal of Marine Research, 72, 165-181, (2014)
  • Properties of Red Sea Coastal Currents
    J. H. Churchill, S. J. Lentz, J.T. Farrar and Y. O.Abualnaja
    Continental Shelf Research, Vol. 78: 5161, (2014)
  • • Process Modeling Studies of Physical Mechanisms of the Formation of an Anticyclonic Eddy in the Northern Red Sea
    C. Chen, R. Li, L. Pratt, R.Limeburner, R. C. Beardsley, A. Bower, H. Jiang, Y.O. Abualna...
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 119 (2), 1445-1464, (2014)
  • • Atmospheric forcing of the winter air-sea heat fluxes over the northern Red Sea
    V. P. Papadopoulos, Y.O. Abualnaja, S. A. Josey, A. Bower, D. E. Raitsos
    Vol. 26, No. 5. 1685-1701, Journal of Climate, (2013)
  • Abrupt warming of the Red Sea
    D.E. Raitsos, I. Hoteit, P.Karim, T. Chronis, G.Triantafyllou and Y.O Abualnaja
    Geophysical Research Letter, 38, L14601, (2011)
  • • Balance of Surface, Advective and Up-welling Heat Fluxes in the Gulf of Aden
    Y. O.Abualnaja, F. Ahmad and N. Mitiri
    Indian Journal of Geo-Marine sciences (IJMS), Vol. 40: 42-47, (2011)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph. D., Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology, USA, 2005
  • M.S., Coastal Zone Management, Florida Institute of Technology, USA, 2000
  • M.S., Oceanography-Physical option, Florida Institute of Technology, USA, 1998
  • B.S., summa cum laude, King Abdulaziz University, KSA, 1992

Professional Profile

  • ​2012-Present: Senior Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2012: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2007-2009: Lecturer at Department of Marine Physics, Marine Science College, King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
  • 2005-2007: Working at Sub-Global Arab Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Project under King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and Presidency of Meteorological and Environment (PME)


Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Meteorological Society
  • European Geosciences Union


  • ​Awarded appreciation certificate from the Center of Educational Development for participating in the preparation of awarded scholarship students to study abroad, King Abdulaziz University
  • Dean's List, King Abdulaziz University

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)