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Keeping up with sea-level rise

Keeping up with sea-level rise

Keeping up with sea-level rise

Soil accumulation in coastal ecosystems could mitigate rising sea levels around the Arabian Peninsula, according to new research from KAUST. However, this mitigation will require efforts to preserve and restore these ecosystems. Human-driven climate change is raising sea levels around the world at increasing rates, threatening hundreds of millions of people living in coastal areas. Researchers at KAUSTs Red Sea Research Center worked with colleagues at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals to determine whether this increase could be mitigated by soil accretion in coastal ecosystems. Read more >>> Read more

Mysterious gentle giants gather off Saudi coast

Mysterious gentle giants gather off Saudi coast

Mysterious gentle giants gather off Saudi coast

The availability of tiny prey near a coral reef in the eastern Red Sea seems not to be the reason that whale sharks aggregate there every spring. In recent years, juvenile whale sharks have been discovered gathering at a coral reef, 4 kilometers off the coast of Saudi Arabia between February and May. This provides the opportunity for scientists at KAUSTs Red Sea Research Center to study their behaviors. Whale sharks are under threat from targeted fisheries and as bycatch and are listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List, says Ph.D. student Aya Hozumi. However, we have limited understanding of their ecology and life history, which poses a challenge to conservation efforts. Read more >>> Read more

Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

A core set of heat-stress-response genes has been identified in anemones in a study that also highlights the role of symbiotic algae in coping with temperature, an important revelation for planning conservation efforts. Researchers from KAUSTs Red Sea Research Center profiled gene transcripts and proteins expressed by sea anemonesthree strains of the model organism Aiptasia pallidafrom locations that experience different temperatures throughout the year: North Carolina, Hawaii and the Red Sea. Read more >>> Read more
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