Jordanian researchers partake in sea expedition in Aqaba

(Photo: OceanX)
AMMAN — A joint operation between the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and OceanX, an American non-profit initiative, brought together 16 researchers from 6 Jordanian universities to participate in global scientific expeditions in the Gulf of Aqaba, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The first expedition began on Thursday morning to promote Jordanian tourism and protect the marine environment. For the first time in Jordan, approximately 20 research projects will be carried out using cutting-edge technologies such as hydrographic surveying to study coral species, seagrass, marine organisms, and genetics, as well as document and publish the findings.

Researchers participating in the expedition said augmented virtual reality and artificial intelligence technologies will be leveraged for the documentation process, using high-tech photography as the ship accesses an unreached depth of 800 meters. The footage will be sent to a laboratory to be shared with thousands of students.

Ali Sawalmih, Director of the Marine Science Station (MSS), said this cooperation is the fruit of royal interest to highlight Aqaba's gulf and establish a marine reserve, noting that this expedition is an opportunity for Jordanian researchers to publish their work locally and globally.

The most important part of the research is the genetic features of corals responsible for climate change resistance, as well as the effect of climate change on marine species, Sawalmih added.

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