Al Wajh and Yanbu

The Living Oceans Foundation continued its series of ocean research expeditions off the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia in May, 2008, focusing on Yanbu Barrier Reef and Al Wajh Bank area, north of the city of Jeddah.  In collaboration with the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD), National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, we are mapping and characterizing shallow marine habitats and assessing the health and resilience of these aquatic ecosystems.  The goal of this project is to create ocean floor habitat maps from multi-spectral satellite imagery and an airborne hyperspectral sensor, and to conduct SCUBA surveys of fish, coral, marine mammals, and benthic habitats.

Meet the team