Habitat’s Algorithms

Dr Chris Dey (Senior Research Fellow in the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) team in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney) talked to us about the research they are undertaking at the ISA and how they measure footprints.

In the publication below the team at ISA have recorded imports and trade for 187 countries, over 20 years, for 15,000 different industries. Remarkably this data allows them to show the impact individual product purchases have on life cycles in other countries and on different species.

The diagram above shows the threat to species caused by exports from Malaysia and imports to Germany.

The diagram above shows the threat to species caused by exports from Malaysia and imports to Germany.

Chris and his team are adapting this incredibly detailed research to provide the analysis of kid’s footprints measuring impacts in terms of land, carbon, water and energy.

Check out the background publication here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22794089

In the interview below Dr Chris Dey talks about how they work out ecological footprints

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The world’s habitats are in danger and you can help save them. In the vein of the Tamagotchi persistence play craze of the 90s, users will undertake actions to keep an endangered animal alive. In Habitat game players will adopt a polar bear. To keep the bear alive and healthy, players need to successfully complete events in the game and undertake real world actions. By completing these TASKS players will progress through levels, increasing the health of their bear and earn badges of recognition for their efforts. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health.

Posted on September 9, 2013, in Algorithms, Sydney University and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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