Since 2005, we have worked with colleagues in the Republic of Kiribati to understand the effects of climate change and to build local research capacity.
Monitoring the coral reefs of the Gilbert Islands, the main island chain, is vital to helping the Kiribati people respond to the existential threat of climate change. It can also help us understand the fate of coral reefs around the world: thanks to periodic El Nino-driven ocean “heat waves,” Kiribati is an ideal natural laboratory for studying how coral reefs will respond to rising ocean temperatures.
They need SCUBA and snorkeling gear. They need children's books for the library in Onotoa. They can take cash if that's all you've got.