The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a non-profit environmental science organization and ocean research foundation established to help preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources through researcheducation, and outreach. Our mission is to protect and restore ocean health by providing science-based solutions. We want to make ocean conservation a high priority and hope that our work empowers people to keep ocean resources healthy and sustainable.

The Foundation was established in 2000 by His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the Foundation has organized many large-scale scientific surveys including the Global Reef Expedition, the world’s largest coral reef survey and high-resolution habitat mapping expedition.

Based in the United States, our core staff are located in Annapolis, MD and work closely with scientists and partners around the world to study the health and resiliency of coral reefs.


CURRENT OCEAN CONSERVANCY PROJECT: Global Reef ExpeditionGlobal Reef Expedition Scientist Conducting Research for the Living Oceans Foundation

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is currently undertaking the largest research project we have ever done: The Global Reef Expedition. Over the course of five years, the field portion of the Expedition circumnavigated the globe surveying and mapping some of the most remote coral reefs on the planet. We completed gathering  data from each reef in 2016. Now, we are working our way through our results and publishing our findings. You can read our recent findings by country and more papers will be added as they are published. 

The primary scientific goals of the Global Reef Expedition are to map and characterize coral reef ecosystems, identify their current status and major threats, and examine factors that enhance their ability to resist, survive and recover from major disturbance events like bleaching, cyclone damage or crown-of-thorns outbreaks. The scientific results are shared freely with participating countries as well as scientific and regulatory organizations. They can  be used by countries to develop management strategies to protect and restore their coral reef ecosystems.