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Side Events at IUFRO: Friday 10th, Oct. 12.00-13.00, Room 150C
Technology showcase by the BioVeL project,
organised by Hannu Saarenmaa

e-Science is a new approach that uses distributed information resources to combine data and modelling steps and automatically solve complex research problems.  Applications of e-science can be found in many disciples, such as biology, genomics, physics, and climate sciences.  The quantity and heterogeneity of data in biodiversity and ecosystem sciences have given rise to many distributed modelling and data resources. Typically, researchers wish to combine these resources into multi-step computational tasks for a range of analytical purposes. Workflows, made of modularised units that can be repeated, shared, reused and repurposed offer a practical solution for this task.
During the showcase the following four presentations and demonstrations will be held:
1)    BioVeL is a virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources.  It offers the possibility to use computerised "workflows", which are series of data analysis steps to process data, be that from one's own research and/or from existing sources.  A general presentation of BioVeL’s workflow technology and its uses will be made by Hannu Saarenmaa (University of Eastern Finland).

2)    Ecological niche modelling of the most important forest insect pests in Europe.  Climate change seriously affects their distribution and forest damages, for which models and scenarios have been produced, and will be discussed during the presentation. Presentation will be made by Päivi Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa (University of Helsinki).  See figure below.



3)    Carbon modelling with Biome-BGC. This is a process-based biogeochemical model developed at the University of Montana that can be used to simulate carbon, nitrogen and water pools and fluxes of different terrestrial ecosystems. The Biome-BGC Ecosystem Service Indicator workflow executes a Biome-BGC single simulation, quantifying and deriving important ecosystem service indicator measures. Presentation will be made by Ferenc Horvath (Institute of Ecology, Budapest, Hungary).



4)    Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( is a megascience endeavour that now integrates over 500 million biodiversity records from over 10,000 databases around the world. GBIF offers a portal and a range of web services that can be used through workflows. Possibilities to share and use forestry and ecosystem data through GBIF and other open access mechanisms such as GEOSS will be discussed by Hannu Saarenmaa (University of Eastern Finland).




Additional presentations on this general theme are possible by other conference participants.
For more information, contact Hannu Saarenmaa,, telephone +358-504479668.

More information on the conference: IUFRO World Congress : «Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research»




19 February 2015

At the final review of the project by the EC, one of the reviewers said: “Incredible work done with a community that is not unified. Remarkable work. It opens for new development in a near future. Hope for success. Good project. Happy that you have been financed three plus years ago.”

Read all about the project and its results in the Project Final Report or read the Executive Summary only.