Thursday, 28 July 2011

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia makes biodiversity information more accessible and useable online. You can explore your area and then click on share to contribute your own observations or photos.

Mobile learning kits are being developed for the Victorian school syllabus by Museum Victoria for incorporation into school assignments. Observations collected are uploaded into a central database where they can be analysed as a classroom exercise or sent on to be used by researchers as part of the ClimateWatch program.

It would be excellent to extend this initiative to all Australian schools.

Related to this is Leafsnap, which can identify (NE USA) trees from a photograph of a leaf. The idea of creating DNA ‘barcodes’ to allow researchers to quickly identify species and to find new species, which can also provide information on evolutionary pathways and biodiversity, is very interesting.

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