Faculty use theoretical and experimental methods to study physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, ocean, and soils with the aim to protect the environment, facilitate oil recovery, map renewable energy resources, and develop comprehensive, quantitative assessments of natural and human-induced hazards to ensure environmental safety and sustainable economic development.

Current research areas include:

​​Advanced data-driven forecasting systems
​Advanced geophysical imaging methods
​​Divergent plate boundaries and other crustal deformation processes
Environmental impact assessment
​​Flow physics
​Hydrocarbon recovery
​​Natural and man-made fractures
​Natural hazards and related risk assessment and mitigation
​​​Novel sensing technologies for reservoir​ characterization
​Well engineering

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KAUST research centers provide outstanding shared facilities to affiliated faculty and their partners.  

Interdisciplinary collaborations between research centers motivate scientific breakthroughs and innovations, inspiring Center researchers to work together to develop disruptive technologies ready for technology transfer to industry.​

Faculty in the Earth Science and Engineering Program may affiliate with the Research Centers at KAUST,  particularly  the Physical Science and Engineering Division's Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center:

Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum engineering Research Center
Ali I. Al Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) produces fundamental multidisciplinary research, disruptive technology, and academic and engineering talent to address the world’s pressing energy geo-engineering and science problems. The intended impact of ANPERC’s efforts will include increased hydrocarbon recovery around the world with reduced environmental and economic costs related to reservoir access and production.

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