Expertise in marine operations, oceanographic instrumentation and wet lab experimentation
The Coastal & Marine Resources Core Lab specializes in marine operations, oceanographic instrumentation and wet lab experimentation. It features equipment and manpower support for scientific cruises, field sampling, instrument operations, scientific diving, and other research needs in marine and coastal environments. This Core Lab operates and maintains small boats and a research vessel for oceanographic research and modern wet lab facilities for aquarium experiments and aquatic simulations.
The Coastal & Marine Resources Core Lab is home to Saudi Arabia’s first research vessel (R/V Thuwal) to service research cruises for individual or combined studies in the Red Sea. The lab develops cruise plans, acquires the required permits, prepares for instrumentation requirements, and implements onboard sampling plans to meet sample and data needs.
The KAUST Seawater Laboratories for Aquatic Biosystem Simulations (SeaLABS) enable and support research programs involving indoor and outdoor wet lab experimentation. At the heart of the SeaLABS is a fully automated life support system (LSS) that supplies different water types and other required utilities for the experimental simulations of freshwater, saltwater, and deep-sea conditions.
The lab conducts routine field sampling operations using small boats and lightweight instrumentation. This includes regular hydrographic, environmental, and biological sampling.
Scientific diving is available to serve various research needs, including SCUBA-aided underwater observation, survey, sample collection, and sensor installation.
The electronics facility designs, maintains and repairs a broad range of oceangoing instrumentation and support equipment. It is fully equipped with the latest electronics test and diagnostic equipment for troubleshooting and repair of electronic equipment.
The calibration facility is equipped with metrological standards and test equipment so basic oceanographic sensors can be calibrated and tested in-house.
At the center of our subsea simulation facility is a pressure tank that can subject equipment to pressures and temperatures to simulate the harshest ocean environments on earth. The subsea facility also houses horizontal and vertical seawater ballasting tanks for the setup and test of equipment such as ocean gliders, drifters, moorings and ROVs.
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