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The Integrated Ocean Processes (IOP) laboratory is an interdisciplinary, multi-national team of scientists forging novel approaches to ecological, biogeochemical and biophysical research of the Red Sea.

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The Integrated Ocean Processes Lab has created an ocean observatory to understand the overall functioning of the Red Sea. From underwater seagliders, to surface current mapping, floats, shipboard observations, remote sensing, modelling, in-situ measurements of ocean parameters, coral reef surveys and molecular analysis of organisms, the mysteries of the Red Sea are being revealed. 


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As one of the warmest, saltiest and smallest of the sub-tropical seas, the Red Sea offers the potential for insights into ecological adaptation in a warming world. Perhaps surprisingly, the functioning of the Red Sea remains relatively unknown and the race is on to establish a baseline of existing biogeophysical conditions. Many of the marine inhabitants of the sea have adapted to these conditions in surprising ways. The Red Sea, therefore, is an optimal laboratory for studying and applying discoveries to the changes that will be experienced with global change. This living laboratory is a window to the future.

Professor Burt Jones leads the Integrated Ocean Processes program at KAUST.

The IOP team is drawn from faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral fellows, students
and professional staff from across KAUST Divisions, Core Laboratories and
University Administrative Services. 

You are invited to explore these pages to learn more about:

  • IOP's vision for an integrated assessment of the Red Sea;
  • The team that has mobilized to deliver this ambitious agenda;
  • Our corresponding research program and anticipated impacts; and
  • Opportunities for collaboration.

For up-to-date developments from the IOP lab, follow us on twitter: @IOP_Observatory