The power of data to protect the oceans
Aramco has a record of working with marine researchers, including a long-term relationship with the Center for Environment and Marine Studies at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
This collaboration has helped the Company monitor marine environments over more than 50 years. This monitoring allows us to track changes in habitats including a number of coral reefs in the Gulf, where increased sea-surface temperatures have often resulted in wide-scale coral bleaching. The long-term data sets have enabled us to record changes in this ecosystem, and helped us take actions including creating new artificial reefs.
Aramco also carefully studied potential marine pollution impacts via the monitoring of the heavy metal content measured in clams and shellfish over a number of decades. And, in 2011, we published the Marine Atlas of the Western Arabian Gulf, an exhaustive study of the marine and coastal habitats of the Saudi Arabian coastline of the Arabian Gulf, in the knowledge that to protect natural resources, you first need to know what is there.