God's Eye View
Scientists at UC Davis are designing a computer system to study a huge swath of California, from the ocean to Lake Tahoe. As Brian Bahouth reports, they hope it will provide a forecast of how climate change will affect the state.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Imagine if you could see a
fifty mile wide patch of California from Monterey Bay
to Lake Tahoe in a single gaze, and the view included all the
scientific data ever collected on the region, including stream flows, wildlife
populations and geology. That’s exactly
what UC Davis computer scientist Michael Gertz is setting out to do.
You have so much data located all over the place …
right now, the biggest challenge is actually using the data … that’s where
scientific data management really comes in to help scientists to get the data
they need at the right point in time.
This “God’s Eye View” of the region will allow
scientists to better understand the environment and how air, water,
land and living creatures all interconnect. They hope this will give
researchers insight into the impact climate change will have on the
state -- for instance, precipitation patterns, snowfall and droughts.
The project recently received about two-million dollars in federal
funding. An experimental model of the system may be running by next
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.