Expedition: Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Corals, CI Scientists, and Climate Change
Manta ray at Nikumaroro lagoon
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is the ocean’s largest protected area, containing one of the most pristine coral reef systems in the world. Human presence in the region is very limited. So the question is, why would we come here to study climate change?

DiversAt this very moment, CI scientists are diving and collecting data in PIPA’s South Pacific waters. Because there are no human impacts on the reefs, they can study the effects of climate change without interference from other human-induced factors.

Along the way, the scientists are sending back photos and blog posts from the trip. Check back over the next few weeks for more news from the boat! Read field dispatches >>

Learn more about the expedition, the Phoenix Islands, and the Republic of Kiribati at

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