The Maldives could significantly benefit from a new branch of environmental science. The Integrated Resource Model uses cloud computing to develop ecological models that boost economic growth and reduce carbon emissions.
Based on the concept that no single environmental problem can be solved in isolation, the simulator accounts for energy, food, water and waste management. Cloud computing, which synthesises the computing power of an entire network, is vital to this style of modelling, which will be made available through open source on the “cloud”.
Peter Head of the Ecological Sequestration Trust and developer of the Integrated Resource Model presented his case at the third annual Six Senses SLOW LIFE Symposium at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives last week. There he told delegates that funding for the project would help the Maldives take a lead in climate change mitigation.