HP Earth Insights — New Style of IT that drives a New Culture of Ecology

HPEarthInsightTropical ecosystems are the biologically richest places on the planet – they are home to about 30 million species, seeding 80% of the developed world’s diet.  Yet, the ecological studies to date do not scale up to process this volume of data in a timely fashion.  In today’s world, environmental threats caused by people happen at large spatial and temporal scales – magnitudes too large for a single scientist at one site to observe. To address this challenge, Conservation International (CI) has created a global network for monitoring tropical forest biodiversity using real-time data based on a standardized and cost-effective set of protocols.  Partnering with HP, CI has implemented HP Earth Insights to solve one of the world’s most complex challenges applying the fundamental principles of the New Style of IT to drive a New Culture of Ecology.

This joint partnership between HP and Conservation International (CI) announced at HP Discover Barcelona collects, manages and analyzes a large and growing amount and variety of data, addressing inputs from climate sensors and camera traps related to species, vegetation, precipitation, temperature, carbon stocks, humidity, solar radiation and more. Currently, the results are astonishing:

  • 3 Terabytes of critical biodiversity information
  • More than 1.4 million photos
  • More than 3 million climate measurements

Collection is only one piece of the puzzle. HP Earth Insights’ analytics enables scientists to glean insight from this data, so they can direct needed steps to protect species, habitats, and humans to improve the overall environment. Insights such as:

  • Since 2012, 12 percent of the 275 species being monitored have significantly decreased, including the sun bear found in Southeast Asia and the agile mangabey found in Central Africa.
  • Insectivores – like the moonrat and the masked palm civet – are declining.
  • Three species native to Braulio Carrillo National Park (Costa Rica) are declining: the lowland paca, the Central American agouti, and the nine-banded armadillo.

The following technologies and services have come together to effectively enable the HP Earth Insights solution:

HP Earth Insights brings home the point that “People need nature – nature doesn’t need people”, to quote Harrison Ford, Vice-chair of Conservation International over a video message during the keynote from HP CEO, Meg Whitman at the HP Discover conference.

The New Style of IT with the New Style of Leadership is all about building a better enterprise.  But, when it is applied for the betterment of the world we all live in – Planet Earth – it makes one take pause and acknowledge the new culture it brings to ecological studies.

Wonder if this should be brought to God’s attention as a potential solution to obtain insight into the largest enterprise of all: life on Planet Earth!

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