Madingley was originally developed by a small Cambridge-based team. As the community grows, we are finding new ways to coordinate the development of the model and to communicate and collaborate. There is no lead Madingley developer, as people are free to take the model in whatever direction they wish. However, UNEP-WCMC acts as a community convenor and coordinator of a community version of the model to ensure contributions from developers can be integrated effectively and so allow Madingley to collectively develop greater sophistication and utility. Sign up to the Madingley mailing list here:.

The first Madingley community meeting was held in April 2016 at the David Attenborough building in Cambridge. Attendees included all research groups working with the model. Speakers included:

  • Neville Ash (Director, UNEP-WCMC)
  • Dr Tim Newbold (UCL)
  • Dr Piero Visconti (ZSL/UCL)
  • Dr Mike Bithell (Cambridge University)
  • Dr Daniel Hill (University of Leeds)
  • Dr Phil Underwood (UNEP-WCMC/Nereus)
  • Dr Mike Harfoot (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Prof Neil Burgess (UNEP-WCMC)

Presentations covered the modelling of anthropogenic impacts on land and seas, ecological patterns and evaluation against data, paleoecological applications, software development, community organisation and policy relevance. A second meeting is planned for the second quarter of 2017.