posted on June 08, 2011 14:17
KAU President, HE Prof Osama S. Tayyeb, officially launched the VORiSA project on May 25th 2011 at the KAU Senate Hall in Jeddah. The project will be carried out jointly by King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Picture: Attendees at the Official Project Launch in Jeddah. From left to right: Nabil El-Masry, Mohamed Farouk Abdelwahed, Essam Aboud, Talal Mokhtar, Abdullah Sonbul, Tom Wilson (University of Canterbury), Kate Kenedi (IESE), Jess Cherrington (IESE), Osama S. Tayyeb, Jan Lindsay (IESE/UoA), David Johnston (Massey), Rashad Moufti, Ammar bin Abdulmonem Amin.
Professor Mohammed R. Al-Moufti, the project's KAU director, said "the SR11 million project would see the University of Auckland's Institute of Earth Science and Engineering (IESE) work in cooperation with the Faculty of Earth Sciences at KAU on the assessment and mitigation of volcanic and volcanic-seismic hazards in the Arabian Shield of Saudi Arabia.
The collaborative research to be carried out over three years will quantify the volcano-associated geological risks in Madinah and elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, and will provide a strategy and rationale for mitigation of risk. A potentially valuable by-product of the hazard modelling will be to use the data to evaluate the potential for possible ground-water and geothermal resources."