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The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab provides equipment and facilities for conducting offshore and laboratory marine sciences research. The equipment and facilities are well-maintained to ensure quality performance and interruption-free operation.
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The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab is home to Saudi Arabia’s first research vessel, the RV Thuwal, to service research cruises for individual or combined studies in the Red Sea. The research vessel is 34m in length and equipped with a large aft working deck, a-frame, and Hydraulic winch with 4000m of conducting cable and two labs for onboard sample processing and analysis. The ship's crew include 8 seamen and up to 14 scientists with a typical mission duration of 2 weeks.
We also maintain a fleet of small boats for coastal and near-reef operations. The marine operations facilities include a working pier, small boat jetty and maintenance garage.
The lab operates and maintains many underwater vehicles for use in scientific applications. We have several gliders used for continuous and autonomous underwater environmental monitoring. We have an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for habitat mapping and search and recovery operations. Lastly, we have several remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for live video observation and sample collection.
The dive shop supports the KAUST scientific diving programs . It is equipped with air and nitrox cylinder refilling compressors, as well as a maintenance facility for inspecting and servicing dive equipment. We maintain a stock of all sizes of SCUBA equipment, which are available to lab users. In addition to standard SCUBA, we also maintain several commercial diving setups. We ensure safe operations by supplying emergency locator beacons to all divers and providing emergency oxygen and a transportable hyperbaric recompression chamber.
The Seawater Laboratories for Aquatic Biosystem Simulations (SeaLABS) enable the study of coral, fish, and other sea life in a controlled laboratory environment. At the heart of the facility is the life support system, where filtered and temperature controlled seawater is pumped at 2500 liters per minute and distributed to over 150 research aquariums.
The calibration facility includes metrological standards and test equipment for the calibration of oceanographic sensors. We hold primary standards on salinity, temperature and pressure.
The electronics facility is equipped with standard test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters and power supplies and has printed circuit board fabrication and rework capabilities. In addition to routine electronics fabrication and repair, we have a specialty in waterproofing electronics and splicing underwater cables using silicone mold-making techniques and specialty casting resins.
The subsea simulation facility provides testing for scientific equipment at full ocean depth pressures to simulate the harshest ocean environments on earth. Equipment such as ocean gliders, drifters, moorings and ROVs, can be tested using the horizontal and vertical seawater ballasting tanks.
The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab is located in buildings 25 - 28
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