Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Doing something about the world's climate change!

If you ever wanted to do something about the world's climate change, here is your chance!

Your help is needed for the world's largest ever climate experiment.

The Oxford University needs your computer power to run the world's largest climate change experiment!

To give you the essence here: You can 'donate' your computer's unused power to participate in this experiment. This experiment need thousands of people to help. All you have to do is to download the 'climate change experiment' program from the BBC website to your PC.

It is easy to do and 'runs in the back' meaning, you just carry on as before and you're making your contribution to the world at the same time.

Just download the program from the BBC website now at:

If you ever wondered what is going on with all these hurricans, the mudslides, the melting polar caps, the tons of snow this winter, there is a lot of information on the site too.

Here is a short statement from the organisers of that experiment giving you some background information:

Trying to predict climate change is hard. There are lots of factors involved – air temperature, sea temperature and cloud cover all play a part – as do dozens of other variables. Therefore, there are a huge number of calculations involved.

One solution is for scientists to use the largest supercomputer they can find. But even the biggest supercomputers are only so good.

We think you can do better.

Using a technique known as distributed computing, we’re hoping to harness the power of thousands of PCs around the world. If 10,000 people sign up, we’ll be faster than the world’s biggest computer. And we’re hoping to be even better than that.

What do we want you to do?

Use your model as a screensaver, and watch it progress as a detailed spinning globe.

Taking part is easy.

All we’re asking you to do is download a simple programme, which doubles as a screensaver. Once you’ve installed it, your computer will take care of the rest. You don’t have to send us anything. You don’t have to enter any data. In fact – if you decide not set the programme as your screensaver, you probably won’t even notice it’s there.

However, if you want to, you can follow the progress of your experiment on a 3D spinning globe.

If I’m not doing anything, how am I helping?

The experiment works by making use of your spare processing power. All you have to do is use your computer exactly as you normally would, and the programme will run calculations in the background. When it’s done, it will send results back to scientists in Oxford, who will combine everyone’s results. The more people who take part, the more complete their predictions about the future climate will be.

Take part in the experiment!

Just download the program from the BBC website now at:

or go straight to download the experiment from the site.

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