30 Jul '13, 10pm

Citizen scientists + cloud computing = warriors in the fight against #invasive species!

Citizen scientists + cloud computing = warriors in the fight against #invasive species!

Cloud Computing: A Key Tool in the Fight Against Invasive Species July 17, 2013 | by: Darci Palmquist | 1 Middle school students collect data about an infestation of the invasive common reed (Phragmites australis) to enter into iMapInvasives for New York. Photo: Bryan Banks By Darci Palmquist, senior science writer Conservation problems are often big and unwieldy, involving copious data and multiple layers of impact. Invasive species are a particularly daunting issue — a fast-spreading invasive can have implications for transportation, recreation, agriculture and other industries. And these combined invasive impacts carry a global cost of $1.4 trillion annually. But how can resource managers hope to stop invasives in their tracks when simply keeping up with their numbers and locations is a challenge? Enter cloud computing. i MapInvasives is a cloud-based database and mappi...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/07/17/cloud-computing...

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