Yasser O. Abualnaja, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Senior ​​​Research Scientist

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

  • Can we extrapolate climate in an inner basin? The case of the Red Sea 
    S. Langodan, L. Cavaleri, J. Portilla, Y. Abualnaja, I. Hoteit
    Global and Planetary Change 188, 103151, (2020)
  • Wave modeling of a reef-sheltered coastal zone in the Red Sea 
    S. Langodan, C. Antony, S. PR, H. Prasad Dasari, Y. Abualnaja, O. Knio, I. Hoteit
    Ocean Engineering 207, 107378, (2020)
  • On the Recent Amplification of Dust Over the Arabian Peninsula During 2002–2012 
    K.R. Kumar, R. Attada, H. Dasari, R.K. Vellore, Y. Abualnaja, K. Ashok, I. Hoteit
    JGR Atmospheres 124 (23), (2019)
  • The dynamics of weather-band sea level variations in the Red Sea 
    J.H. Churchill, Y. Abualnaja, R. Limeburner, M. Nellayaputhenpeedika
    Regional Studies in Marine Science 24, 336-342, (2018)
  • Aerosol Optical Depth variability over the Arabian Peninsula as inferred from satellite measurements 
    K.R. Kumar, R. Attada, H. Dasari, R.K. Vellore, S. Langodan, Y. Abualnaja, I. Hoteit
    Atmospheric Environment 187, 346-357, (2018)
  • Unraveling Climatic Wind and Wave Trends in the Red Sea Using Wave Spectra Partitioning 
    S. Langodan, L. Cavaleri, A. Pomaro, J. Portilla, Y. Abualnaja, I. Hoteit
    J. Climate 31 (5): 18811895., (2018)


  • ​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 Membership

  • ​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)

Research Interests Keywords

​Air-sea interaction air-sea heat fluxes water mass salt and heat exchange meso-scale ocean circulation Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)