Microsoft's Madingley Model World Simulator Studies Global Organisms

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 2, 2014
References: madingleymodel.org & psfk
The Madingley Model is a world simulator developed by ecologists, biologists and scientists at the Microsoft Computational Science Lab in Cambridge, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre. With the simulator, researchers are able to simulate and study the life cycles of organisms on scale larger than ever before. In the Madingley Model, some organisms die off while others seem to thrive, but these patterns are helping to show how different populations rely on one another.

Human life has yet to be added to the model, but the Madingley Model virtual world could be able to provide future predictions based on different scenarios. Drew Purves, the head of Microsoft's Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group describes that they could "Simulate what would happen if top predators like tuna or tigers were hunted to extinction, or all the bees on Earth died out."