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How a Saudi student’s thesis will help Australia’s shores

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said Saudi student Moataz Kurdi’s study is considered the first of its kind and the most accurate

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The PhD thesis of a Saudi student has been adopted by the government of Western Australia - in particular the Department of Parks and Wildlife to study how the environment affects the coasts.

The department said it will execute the thesis’ outcomes on the North Kimberly Coast in Western Australia as a preliminary step and will later generalize it on all of Australia’s shores.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said Saudi student Moataz Kurdi’s study is considered the first of its kind and the most accurate as it includes scientific photos and underwater detailed footage of marine animals and plants. According to the department, this will allow the Marine Environment Protection to monitor changes resulting from climate change and will contribute to more research activities, including the cultivation on beaches.



Kurdi who was on a government-sponsored scholarship for his PhD in Curtin University in Western Australia wrote a thesis on the geomorphology of the North Kimberly Coast in Western Australia and used remote sensing techniques and satellite images. The study concluded with a scientific product represented in a database that can be made use of and developed.

Kurdi told Al-Arabiya that until recently, there’s been no information about the geomorphology of the North Kimberly Coast in Western Australia and this has stirred controversy at the Department of Parks and Wildlife as those in charge debated how the environment affected these coasts.



He added that the accurate geomorphologic maps which were drawn as part of his PhD thesis will contribute to developing the shores of Western Australia on the environmental and agricultural levels.

*This article can also be viewed in arabic on AlArabiya.net