Researchers from the University of Sydney are are developing an Experimental Planet to explore different pathways in Earth’s geological evolution through integration of computer simulations with a diversity of geodata. The alliance between the EarthByte Group with the recently established Centre for Translational Data Science is tackling an improved understanding of Earth’s complex evolution via the analysis and modelling of sparse, complex data through linked high-performance computing approaches and Bayesian probabilistic models and optimisation approaches.
In December, the group traveled to New Orleans for the American Geophysical Union’s annual Fall Meeting. The conference is the largest Earth and space meeting in the world and offered an opportunity to present the Experimental Planet to colleagues.
See the video showcased at the meeting for more details.
The Experiemental Planet enables an improved understanding of Earth’s dynamic engine, deep Earth-surface interactions and uncertainty quantification. Our evolving virtual time machine allows us to travel back in time to explore past configurations of the continents, ancient “rings of fire”, fluctuations in sea level and surface environments.