Resources

Connect with Nature!

Our friends at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have developed a project with iNaturalist to collect information on the terrestrial biodiversity of the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Archipelago).

If you are stationed on Diego Garcia and are interested in its plants or animals this is for you! Your information will help scientists studying the biodiversity of this very interesting archipelago.

How does it work?

  1. Install the iNaturalist mobile app (Google Play or App Store) so you can observe even without reception or wifi 
  2. Turn on the GPS on your device
  3. Record your observations by taking photos using the app
  4. Share with others (when turning on wifi, the app will synchronise your observations)
  5. Discuss your observations

iNaturalist can share findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facilityto help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe. 

Visit iNatuarlist

Chagos Information Portal

The Chagos Information Portal, known as ChIP, is a reference library of a science, research and conservation work conducted in the Chagos Archipelago. ChIP is a user friendly, interactive and open source website, with information on research papers, scientific expedition, photos, videos, and an interactive map.

Birds of Chagos, Fishes of Chagos and Corals of Chagos are online encyclopedias of the biodiversity of the Chagos Archipelago.

ChIP will continue to grow with new information as researchers and conservationist learn more about this iconic ecosystem.

Visit ChIP

Google 360°

In March of 2015 an expedition to the Chagos Archipelago was conducted in collaboration with Google Trekker and Catlin Seasurvey.

This expedition resulted in an extensive library of 360 degree panoramic images of the Chagos Archipelago for 20 islands and 29 underwater transects. 

Visit ChIP