Research activities can be carried out either on islands inhabited by local people, or on uninhabited islands where resorts have been built. The wide range of research and education programs conducted at the Center reflects the diversity of the MaRHE Center’s staff experience and competencies. Current programs and ongoing research projects at the MaRHE Center include coral reefs, fisheries and aquaculture, sharks, and marine mammals.
Our efforts have branched into
every major area of nearshore marine research
Biodiversity and Ecology
Through high level experiments, researchers are able to study how the distribution and abundance of living organisms are affected by their environment and detect the presence of threats to the existing biodiversity, such as coral diseases and eutrophication pollution.
Climate Change and Ecosystem Health
Research in this field investigates and identifies the sources of environmental stress and how ecosystems respond to it, the trends of ecosystem health (namely of coral reefs through time), and the scope for recovery and resilience in a variety of marine ecosystems.
Sustainable Use of Marine Resources
The use of marine resources needs to be properly managed, to ensure that resources are not harvested beyond the natural replenishment capacity of the ecosystem. Sustainable use of a particular resource proceeds at a rate that will not impair the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The human geography research carried out in the Maldives analyzes human activities, their specific social organization and their consequences on coastal/island environments, as well as on maritime life. It includes a variety of topics, and combines subjects such as law, sociology, tourism studies, cultural and political geography, spatial analysis and cartography.