The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is a “one stop modelling shop” that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling. Its mission is to connect the research community to Australia’s national computation infrastructure by integrating a suite of tools in a coherent online environment where researchers can access data and perform data analysis and modelling.
Previously, the lines of inquiry into biodiversity and climate change impacts were stymied due to researchers inability to access a standardised set of tools for analysis and requisite data sources, and computational limitations.
The goal of the BCCVL is to integrate these tools and datasets with high-performance computers and major data storage facilities, thereby enabling more efficient investigation of biological systems and facilitating the development of additional research trajectories currently not possible due to computational limitations.
Virtual Laboratories are rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, analysis tools and workflows to support researchers in their work. The BCCVL is supported by the National eResearch Tools and Resources Project (NeCTAR), an initiative of the Commonwealth being conducted as part of the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The University of Melbourne is the lead agent for the delivery of the NeCTAR project and Griffith University is the sub-contractor.