Per January the 5th of 2005, the Lifemapper Distributed Computing project has been halted:
Lifemapper was once a Distributed Computing project. We had Members help us out with the CPU-intensive process of computing biological distribution models by downloading our screensaver and doing some number crunching for us. Lifemapper's Members could gather together into Groups. These Groups typically shared common interests and goals. For example, the Kansas Birdwatchers' Group was a fun way for Kansas bird fans to meet each other and help the Lifemapper project.
The Lifemapper project will however continue in a different form and can still be found here: http://www.lifemapper.org/
The BBR Ecology team computed an amazing number of 451841 models during the time this project was active. For historical reasons, the final standings and statistics can be found right here
Thanks to everyone who participated! :)
by Gargoyle edited by Starfish
last modified: 2005-01-09 17:26:32
For biodiversity research, education and conservation worldwide, especially to forecast environmental events and inform public policy with leading-edge science.
The Lifemapper website states that:
- Researchers will be able to model and simulate the spread of emerging diseases, plant and animal pests, or invasive species of plants and animals and their effects on natural resources, agricultural crops and human populations.
- Environmental scientists will be able to model and predict the effects of local, regional or global climate change on Earth's species of plants and animals.
- Land planners and policy-makers will be able to identify the highest priority areas for biodiversity conservation.
- Teachers, students and the public will be able to discover and map their backyard biodiversity and how it might be affected by changes in rainfall or temperature or by the spread of other species.
As an example, the Lifemapper team published a short light paper at the ESRI conference last year, it talks about Lifemapper and other related projects. You can read the paper here