Scientists from the National Sun Yat-sen University and the Taiwan Oceanographic Research Institute, along with members from Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), attended a meeting at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) this past Tuesday, September 03 to discuss possible collaboration.
Seeking to identify a topic or issue concerning coral reef conservation that both countries are willing to support, the Taiwan Coral Reef Team performed a series of visits to the PICRC that started on September 03 and ended on September 06. Throughout this week, PICRC’s research team presented the delegation with an array of presentations and site visits designed to familiarize them with the Center’s work.
At the end of the week, all parties discussed needs and possible ways of collaboration. The delegation from Taiwan proposed the use of innovative technology that uses drones and image analysis to generate 3-D imaging that will allow for a more precise and accurate way to analyze the condition of coral reefs. Looking at this technology as an opportunity to enhance the Center’s outreach and educational programs, PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu mentioned advantageous applications of this technology. With a promising future looking ahead, the Taiwan Coral Reef team and the Palau International Coral Reef Center hope to finalize the details of collaboration to increase efforts in marine conservation.