The Red Sea Expedition

Studying the coral reefs of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea

The Red Sea Expedition is a unique opportunity to study the coral reefs of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, home to the world’s most resistant corals.

In collaboration with the Centre Transnational de la Mer Rouge of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and with the official support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Swiss Confederation, the Pacific Foundation is organizing an expedition to this region in order to carry out the first ever systematic scientific exploration of the coral reefs of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba.

It will be the first “reference” study of the coral ecosystem of this system in the Red Sea. It will establish, for example, current coral mapping, genetic diversity and the resistance of coral species to climate change. This project is in preparation.