FaceOf: Carlos Duarte, professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Prof. Carlos Duarte
Updated 14 February 2019
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FaceOf: Carlos Duarte, professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Prof. Carlos Duarte has been a principal investigator and professor at the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology (TRSDC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) since 2015.

TRSDC and KAUST have recently developed an application to conserve and enhance the biodiversity in the Red Sea, and as well as protect endangered species.

TRSDC aims to understand the role of marine life in the functioning of the present and future biosphere, focusing specifically on marine ecosystems in the Red Sea and the response of marine life to environmental drivers and human pressures.

“I have no doubt that the lessons we learn from the application of technology to sustainable development here will be used in the future to benefit fragile ecosystems around the world,” Duarte said.

Born in Lisbon in 1960, Duarte dedicated his life to biology. He received his degree from Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, and his Ph.D. from McGill University in Canada.

After completing his studies, Duarte worked at the Institut de Ciencias del Mar de Barcelona. He then moved to Center d’Estudis Avancat de Blanes to become a research scientist for 9 years.

In 1999, he moved to take another research scientist post, this time at the Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados, from which he is currently on a period of extended leave.

He also holds a post as a director and Winthrop Professor at the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia, in addition to being an adjunct professor at Tromso University, Norway.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.