25 Apr '12, 5pm

Computing for Sustainable Water Project Uses 2 Million Computers to Study Effects of Human Activity on Watersheds

Computing for Sustainable Water Project Uses 2 Million Computers to Study Effects of Human Activity on Watersheds

Running computer simulations to try to predict future problems and find solutions to environmental issues is not a new tactic, but due to the long computing times necessary in some calculations, they can take a very long time. In contrast, a new project, called Computing for Sustainable Water, will use the computers of some 600,000 individuals and organizations worldwide (two million computers in all) to calculate the effects of the 17 million people who live and work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, compressing 20 years of processing time into a single year. The University of Virginia built a mathematical model to simulate the actions of the 17.4 million people living near America's largest estuary, the 64,000 square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. The model will be used to predict both the monthly and the cumulative effects of human activity in the region - all agricultur...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/computing-sustainable-w...

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