Pacific Island Ecosystem To Be Captured In Online Model

by | Feb 16, 2015 | Corals, Fish, Science | 0 comments

rsz_mooreaMo’orea, a volcanic island in French Polynesia, will soon be captured in a computer model that will allow its users to track climate change and the effect of human habits on the island. The Mo’orea Island Digital Ecosystem Avator (Mo’orea IDEA) will take into account corals, animals, plants and human population on the island. The project cost is estimated at $5 million dollars and expected to take about 5 to 10 years to complete the work. The goal of the project is allow a computer based prediction of necessary economic decision making, which is determined through the data entered. This sort of technological advance may just be the needed answer that can help to save our ocean’s ecosystems from the devastating impacts of human harm. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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