The Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research was established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1986 under the name "Center for Desert Studies". It is as an independently administered research organization directly linked to the rectors office of King Saud University The Institutes purpose is to design and conduct scientific research related to desert development and to combating desertification in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Institute is active in the environmental application of remote sensing technologies and maintains its own Remote Sensing Unit equipped with GIS and advanced programs for satellite image processing. In 2007, the Institute published the Space Image Atlas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which it produced in partnership with the Space Research Institute of the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) and Geospace Austria. It is currently developing the Environmental Atlas of Saudi Arabia with the same partners.
The Institute is a primary sponsor of the International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments which has been held biennially in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 2004.
The Institute also serves as headquarters for the General Secretariat of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.
Dr. Abdulmalek A. Al Alshaikh is the Director of the Institute.
Prince Sultan Project for the Rehabilitation of Saudi Arabia’s Villages and Hamlets Dr. Al Alsheikh, who is also the Director of King Saud University’s
The Institute published the Space Image Atlas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ISBN 9960-57-011-8, which it produced in partnership with the Space Research Institute of King
The center provides the community with technical expertise and training as well as its publications, booklets, and bulletins, it also distributes plants and trees to citizens and national organizations during Arbor weeks.