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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2015

Wildlife in the cloud: A new approach for engaging stakeholders in wildlife management

Chapron, Guillaume


Research in wildlife management increasingly relies on quantitative population models. However, a remaining challenge is to have end-users, who are often alienated by mathematics, benefiting from this research. I propose a new approach, 'wildlife in the cloud,' to enable active learning by practitioners from cloud-based ecological models whose complexity remains invisible to the user. I argue that this concept carries the potential to overcome limitations of desktop-based software and allows new understandings of human-wildlife systems. This concept is illustrated by presenting an online decision-support tool for moose management in areas with predators in Sweden. The tool takes the form of a user-friendly cloud-app through which users can compare the effects of alternative management decisions, and may feed into adjustment of their hunting strategy. I explain how the dynamic nature of cloud-apps opens the door to different ways of learning, informed by ecological models that can benefit both users and researchers.


Population models; Cloud-computing; Wildlife management; Moose; Wolf; Bear

Published in

AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
2015, volume: 44, number: Supplement 4, pages: S550-S556
Publisher: SPRINGER

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology

UKÄ Subject classification

Information Science

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