The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory: Where ecology meets big data

Willow Hallgren*, Linda Beaumont, Andrew Bowness, Lynda Chambers, Erin Graham, Hamish Holewa, Shawn Laffan, Brendan Mackey, Henry Nix, Jeff Price, Jeremy Vanderwal, Rachel Warren, Gerhard Weis

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    Advances in computing power and infrastructure, increases in the number and size of ecological and environmental datasets, and the number and type of data collection methods, are revolutionizing the field of Ecology. To integrate these advances, virtual laboratories offer a unique tool to facilitate, expedite, and accelerate research into the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. We introduce the uniquely cloud-based Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL), which provides access to numerous species distribution modelling tools; a large and growing collection of biological, climate, and other environmental datasets; and a variety of experiment types to conduct research into the impact of climate change on biodiversity.Users can upload and share datasets, potentially increasing collaboration, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and innovation among the user community. Feedback confirms that the BCCVL's goals of lowering the technical requirements for species distribution modelling, and reducing time spent on such research, are being met.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-186
    Number of pages5
    JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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    • biodiversity
    • climate change
    • virtual Laboratory
    • species distribution modelling


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