BESE DIVISION RESEARCH AREA:  
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.

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RESEARCH TOPIC - ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY


Increasing populations, urbanization, climate change and the overuse of our limited food, water and energy resources, all threaten the capacity of the earth to sustain and support its human and natural systems. Characterizing biological systems, and their adaptations and response; examining human impacts and influences on the biosphere; or developing strategies that enhance the security of our food and water systems and their resilience to change, highlight just some of the BESE Division’s research efforts to address the challenge of environmental sustainability. The impacts of anthropogenic stressors are complex and interactive and require a multidisciplinary approach.​

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