Research and Facilities

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:

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


IBM BG/P supercomputer


​Shaheen consists primarily of a 16-rack IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer owned and operated by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Built in partnership with IBM, Shaheen has intended to enable KAUST Faculty and Partners to research both large- and small-scale projects, from inception to realization.​

Additionally, several Linux clusters, along with large-scale storage facilities, are available for numerical and data-driven research, supplemented by a high-end visualization lab that host a Mechdyne-built CAVE, creating the world’s highest resolution and brightest virtual environment. 

A state-of the art field laboratory for exploration-seismology type experiments awaits its use for research and educational purposes. 

The seismic lab consists of a fiber-linked network of over 700 portable geophone stations connected to a central recording computer along with several transportation/recording vehicles. The system is designed for easy deployment to remote sites in order to facilitate research experiments in paleoseismology, archaeology, exploration geophysics, environmental science, and tectonic processes.​