WATER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGIES
More than 1.2 billion people lack reliable access to safe drinking water which is expected to grow worse as global population increases. Owing to significant population growth, global warming and pollution it is expected that in 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face major water shortages. Moreover, a significant decrease in all of the world’s major aquifers that serve the world’s most important agricultural systems will become a threat to global food security.
The study of water science and technologies at KAUST is focused on enhancing technologies for water desalination, wastewater treatment, and reuse. We aim to make significant advances in developing greener desalination techniques that will lower the cost of harvesting clean water. In addition, we want to develop new technologies to transform wastewater into a resource for various industrial and agricultural applications. As we reach the critical level of water scarcity, KAUST would like to be at the forefront of emerging innovative technologies in the region to help tackle the present and future global water challenges.