We believe that it can as highlighted by an article published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Here is the basic problem: the planet is changing. Very rapidly. Scientists call it the Anthropocene - the most recent period in the Earth's history when activities of the humans have a significant global impact on the Earth's climate and ecosystems.
The challenge is that existing monitoring systems are not at all in tune with the speed of social, economical and ecological changes. The implication: rapid and often irreversible loss of ecosystem services vital for human well-being and security for example, clear water, food from marine resources and agricultural landscapes, and mitigation of natural hazards.
We need your ideas, comments and experience. Where in the world do you see this application as possible? For what ecosystems? What ICT tools are out there that could be applied to make better use and sense of "data mining"? Would you like to collaborate? Contribute to this emerging debate by adding your expertise, tips, links and innovative ideas here.
The best contributions will be presented - as a start - at a session of the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford, 25-27 March 2009.
Read the article, and contribute to an emerging discussion about how ICT can help us prepare for the challenges of a turbulent future.