The use of big data can help scientists chart not only the degradation of the environment but can be part of the solution to achieve sustainability, according to a new commentary paper.
The paper, “Opportunities for big data in conservation and sustainability,” published today in Nature Communications, said increased computing speeds and had grown the volume of big data in the last 40 years, but the planet was still facing serious decline.
Lead author Dr. Rebecca Runting from the University of Melbourne’s School of Geography says that while we currently have an unprecedented ability to generate, store, access and analyse data about the environment, these technological advances will not help the world unless they lead to action.
“Big data analyses must be closely linked to environmental policy and management,” Dr. Runting said. “For example, many large companies already possess the methodological, technical, and computational capacity to develop solutions, so it is paramount that new developments and resources are shared timely with government, and in the spirit of ‘open data.'”
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