Emergent patterns in nature and society

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet

The Physics arXiv Blog recently post on the databases that define our planet. 70 different sources of information freely available (most of them) to study whatever you want. The problem is, how to make sense of such amount of data? How to mine and process meaningful pieces of information? That’s the challenge for current scientists.

What capture my attention, however, is that apparently they attempt to build ambitious models to understand and predict crises. In other words, regime shifts:

Back in April, we looked at an ambitious European plan to simulate the entire planet. The idea is to exploit the huge amounts of data generated by financial markets, health records, social media and climate monitoring to model the planet’s climate, societies and economy. The vision is that a system like this can help to understand and predict crises before they occur so that governments can take appropriate measures in advance.

I strongly suggest to check the 70 databases. You can find the link to their post below, or actually find the submitted paper by Dirk Helbing and Stefano Balietti here.

Another important novelty from last week was the launching of Google Earth Engine  for monitoring trends in world deforestation. Here is the video:


With all this tools, modelers and regime shifts thinkers have a lot to do during the forthcoming years.

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet – Technology Review.

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