CRRF maintains several ongoing special research projects covering a broad range of topics of local interest in Palau. First among these is examination of the major parameters of climate change in Palau that we can measure physically. These include water temperatures throughout the overall marine environment of Palau, sea surface height (tides and sea level changes), and weather.  The second special effort is our dugong project funded by the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project’s main focus and projected outcomes are summarized in its title – Behavioral observations and habitat use of dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Koror State, to enhance public awareness and management effectiveness for dugong conservation in Palau. The third special project is the bathymetric mapping project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Interior, to map the outer slope around the main Palau islands and reefs, as well as areas of the lagoon and channels.

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