A new open source technology will allow scientists to simulate how all organisms on Earth interact in a changing environment. The model, called Madingley, was developed by Microsoft Research and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Madingley can predict human impacts on a diverse range of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

“Anthropogenic activities are causing widespread degradation of ecosystems worldwide, threatening the ecosystem services upon all life depends,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General Achim Steiner. “Madingley is an exciting new technology which offers the scientific community and world leaders a vital tool to predict how unsustainable development pathways would affect the natural world.”

Learn more at http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001841.

 


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