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Contribute to the Database

Help us grow this initiative by contributing documents, images, videos, gps points, maps, expedition blogs, or anything else you feel could enhance scientific understanding and protection of the unique Chagos environment.

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Fund a ChIP Project

Help us expand the ChIP project! We currently seek funders to support several key expansion projects that will help ChIP reach its full potential.

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Datasets

Search through meta-data for available Chagos datasets. Many are available for download.

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Image and Video Gallery

Here you can browse and search for images and videos from Chagos taken from an aerial, terrestrial, surface and underwater perspective. Explore the beauty of Chagos!

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Publications

Search our complete online library for journal articles, scientific reports, books, book chapters and more informal publications such as magazines and newsletter all pertaining to Chagos.

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Expeditions

A summary of all expeditions to Chagos dating from 1793 to the present day. Learn about expedition members and their scientific objectives.

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Our Mission

To enable scientists to better understand trends and to identify the most pressing research and conservation needs; facilitate decision-making by government about environmental management in Chagos and beyond; be an accessible educational tool for the public, conveying the ecological importance of Chagos and fostering environmental stewardship. All of this will combine to further secure Chagos’ future as a vitally important Marine Protected Area, a rare oasis in our over-exploited oceans.


Why protect Chagos?


  • Contains the largest coral atoll in the World (The Great Chagos Bank)
  • Coral reefs are exceptionally dense with coral and have shown high resilience to climate change
  • The cleanest seawater ever recorded
  • Six to 20 times the biomass of fish compared to any other site in the Indian Ocean
  • Natural fish behaviour occurs, due to the absence of fishing
  • It is the only known site globally with no marine invasive species
  • It plays a vital genetic linking role between reefs in the east and west Indian Ocean
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The Chagos MPA


In 2010 a successful campaign resulting in the British government declaring Chagos as the then largest Marine Protected Area in the World, covering an area of 644,000 km2 (an area just slightly larger than France). To ensure that the exceptional biological riches of Chagos remain what they are today, the region needs effective, on the water, protection against poachers and illegal fishing. In addition the region needs to be better understood by the scientific community so that they can advise the government on how to best protect this unique habitat.

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The need for ChIP


Despite the numerous significant discoveries made in Chagos, until now there has never been a central place to store and display, for academic and popular levels, all of the critical data that has been captured over decades. ChIP provides a crucial repository for academic papers, government reports, unpublished data, images, and video, which would otherwise be scattered in the libraries of individual researchers. The aim of ChIP is to enable scientists to effectively share, cross-reference and analyse this crucial information to make new breakthroughs, and also enable the public from learning about this important ecological site.

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Contact Us



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Dr Elizabeth Widman
ChIP Web-development and maintenance
Project lead for ChIP Phase 2 projects

Dr Widman built the ChIP web-infrastructure and database with generous assistance from professional senior web-developer Kent Widman. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of the database and website. She is leading a series of ChIP expansion projects recently funded by the John Ellerman Foundation. Please email her at e.a.widman1@gmail.com if you would like to contribute material to the database, have suggestions for improvement of current functionality, or if you are a funder interested in investing in the ChIP project.

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Professor Charles Sheppard, OBE
Project initiator for the ChIP Phase 1 project


Having conducted research in the Chagos Archipelago for over 35 years, Professor Sheppard is very familiar with the archipelago and the research that has been conducted there. Recognizing the need for a centralized repository for research, and other information pertaining to the protection of Chagos he initiated the ChIP project with the support of the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in early 2014. Please email him at Charles.Sheppard@warwick.ac.uk if you are a funder interested in investing in the ChIP project.