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Computational Tools for Biodiversity Science
Computational Tools for Biodiversity Science

A multi-institution consortium addressing the scientific and technological needs of biodiversity scientists and policy makers.

The Convention on Biological Diversity set as a goal for its 188 signatory nations the reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2010. This project brings together a consortium of leading organizations in the biodiversity policy and science communities to identify ecosystem indicators and measures of ecosystem services that are of interest to policy makers charged with meeting these targets and to assess the data and computational challenges that arise when quantifying these indicators. This process will lead to the identification of scientific and technological challenges that need to be addressed to improve our ability to assess and predict the state of biodiversity in ecosystems worldwide. By connecting specific policy requirements to specific scientific and technological needs, the project will simultaneously contribute scientific advancements and develop cutting edge scientific tools that are relevant to the day to day needs of policy makers.

Research Partner Institutions

The project is a consortium of partners from the biodiversity informatics, policy and science communities. Microsoft Research will lead the development of new scientific tools and techniques identified as needs in the assessment process described above.

Recent Activities

Project Design Workshop, Ark 2010 - Strengthening Biodiversity Science and Policy for Tropical Montane Cloud Forests, 30 April - 2 May, 2007 Microsoft Research and UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.


  • Philip Bubb (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Nelly Rodriguez and Dolors Armenteras (von Humboldt Institute)
  • Raul Jimenez Rosenberg and Tarin Toledo Aceves (CONABIO)
  • Eric Mata and Alvaro Herrera (INBio)
  • Andrew Jones (Cardiff University)
  • Juan Bello (GBIF)
  • Leeza Pachepsky (UCSB)