5th Moorea IDEA Consortium Meeting


January 11, 2016 to January 13, 2016
9:00am to 10:30am
Oxford, UK


The goal of the meeting is to develop a proposal for building the Moorea Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar's Data Science Infrastructure. 

Moorea IDEA proposes to develop a computational platform for place­based environmental science for predicting future scenarios in complex, coupled ecological and social systems. The platform will contain infrastructure for managing distributed data sources, discovering and integrating multiple data resources, hosting complex statistical and mechanistic models, integrating dataand models operating across multiple spatial and temporal scales and using multiple modeling methodologies within a single, integrated user experience. 

While Moorea IDEA intends to create a flexible platform useable for addressing questions in a wide range of social­ecological systems, the initial focus will be on modeling entire (small) islands using Moorea in French Polynesia as a model system. Within that narrowed scope, Moorea IDEA will further narrow the domain of the initial case study to modeling scenarios of global change related to the anthropogenic increase in atmospheric CO2 (including climate change, sea­level rise, global warming, ocean acidification, etc.) and changes in the social system (economic development, environmental protection initiatives) on the coastal plain and coral reef and lagoon system of Moorea.

BIDS Senior Fellow Neil Davies was one of the conveners/organizers of this event.


Neil Davies

Executive Director, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station

Neil Davies is Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Gump South Pacific Research Station in Moorea, French Polynesia - the only coral reef site (MCR-LTER) in NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research network. Davies received his Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics from University College London and has conducted fieldwork across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Pacific Islands. He is an Associate Researcher at the Biodiversity Institute of Oxford University, and a member of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON - Genetics Working Group). He serves on the boards of the Genomic Standards Consortium, the National Association of Marine Labs and the Tetiaroa Society.  

His research at BIDS focuses on sustainability science and how biodiversity genomics can contribute to a computational model of place - including the ‘datafication’ of whole social-ecological systems from genomes to society.  To that end, he is lead PI of the Moorea Biocode Project, chair of the Genomic Observatories Network, and co-founder of the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Consortium