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README.md

Edgar is a website where visitors can explore the future impact of climate change on Australian birds.

Edgar, running in all its glory: http://tropicaldatahub.org/goto/edgar

Edgar's developer blog: http://jcu-eresearch.github.com/Edgar/

The code running the Edgar website is available from github. When completed, Edgar source code will be well suited to other projects that want to display and vet species occurrences, and show projections of future climate change and its effects.

Structure

There are a few parts to Edgar.

An importing section, mostly written in Python, handles importing data from the Atlas of Living Australia into a local database.

A modelling section, also mostly Python, handles the fancy science magic climate modelling with the imported data and climate information, which deployed Edgar runs on JCU's HPC facility.

A mapping section uses MapServer to take all the numeric data maps that the modelling creates, and deliver it in pretty map form to the UI.

A web application section written in CakePHP and JavaScript does the UI and whatnot, using OpenLayers for showing the map.

Credits

Edgar is being developed by a team at JCU's eResearch Centre.

The principal researcher and project advisor is Dr Jeremy VanDerWal.

Edgar is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative, as well as through the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).

License

See license.txt.

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Australian Bird Species Distribution Now and in the Future - AP03 at JCU's eResearch Centre

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