Experts with Multidisciplinary Backgrounds
Understanding Terrestrial Biodiversity
Supporting the National Aquaculture Industry
Developing Efficient Food Production Techniques
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management

Challenge

Kuwait has a  500- kilometer long shoreline and some of the most productive coastal ecosystems in the Arabian Gulf region. Due to coastal development projects as a result of the rapid expansion of economy in Kuwait, both natural and man-made changes post some unprecedented threat to the ecosystem. Coastal development projects are not systematically planned. There are increasing conflicts over coastal resources among different stakeholders. New coastal infrastructure  development needs a  better design that is more environmentally friendly, cost- effective, durable, and easy to construct and maintain.

 

Goal

The research program aims to provide consultancy and any scientific support  to all Kuwaiti governmental offices and private sectors on coastal engineering and management to mitigate both natural and man-made stresses on Kuwait and Arabian coastal areas.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Establishing a Coastal Data Repository: Build a database of the field data of prominent seawater parameters along the coastal waters of Kuwait. The data will be useful to establish a baseline environment for any marine environmental impact study and coastal infrastructure design and engineering.
  • Founding an In-depth Understanding of Coastal Processes in Kuwait: Investigate wave, hydrodynamic, water quality, sedi- mentary, pollution transport, and air-sea interrelation dynamics to build a solid background knowledge on existing environmental condition that will support future projects and other research programs.
  • Developing an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Strategy for Kuwait: Work with Kuwait Environment Public Authority to provide Kuwait’s policymakers and private-sector clients with a sustainable way to utilize Kuwait’s limited coastal resources by recommending best practices and designs of coastal infrastructure.

 

Facilities

  • Houses the largest set of field instruments in Kuwait and physical modeling laboratory in the Gulf Region. The  facilities are capable of replicating and measuring most of coastal engineering and seawater variables to test the design integrity and performance of coastal structure and the state of existing marine environment.
  • Large archive of field data and validated state-of-the-art numerical simulation model.
  • Mobile coastal laboratory research vessel and  a skilled surveyor for the  on-site study.