KAUST Coastal Monitoring Project
KAUST Coastal Monitoring Project aims to define the baseline environmental conditions in relation to the existing and future pressures on the coastal zone of Saudi Arabia (Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf). It is the starting part of the initiative for the Marine and Coastal Environment Protection (MCEP) of the Saudi Arabia.
The overarching objective of the project is to prepare a national Status Quo Assessment that will set priorities for the Saudi Arabia coastal environment. The work toward this goal will entail scaling the relative impact of coastal pollution sources and other causes of environmental degradation, identifying preventive and remedial actions, and devising detailed monitoring strategies.
The project is organized around tasks on: Literature; Legal and Policy review; Cause analysis for the identification of environmental hot spots in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf; Gap analysis in environmental issues; Field surveillance in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf for the assessment of the pollution status; Design and implementation plans for marine coastal initiative.
It is a collaboration project between the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and HCMR with the participation of other institutions: The National Centre for Environmental Compliance (NCEC), Saudi; ETRC-UMA – European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga, Spain; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA; Reef Ecologic, Australia; Sustain Value, UK; The Empire Egypt for Environmental Services and Trade, Egypt.
Geographic Coverage: Coastal zone of Saudi Arabia (Red Sea and Arabian Gulf).
Duration: 12 months
Project website: Project website: https://mcep.kaust.edu.sa