Natural science deals with the physical world, e.g. physics, chemistry, geology and biology. Research conducted under this field helps us find answers to environmental challenges as well as looking far above the Earth with the study of space as well. So, the scope for discovery here is quite wide. Estonian researchers stand out with their innovative ways on how to use big-data to find everyday solutions for scientific problems.
Estonian natural sciences put great emphasis on studying the reasons for climate change. The current changes in climate are often seen as the impact of industrial development, but Ülo Niinemets, professor of plant physiology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, argues that plants in the biosphere also emit gasses, with hundreds of thousands of various chemical byproducts. He and his colleagues use big data analysis to assist in their studies.
Take business management for example, big data analysis can be effectively applied here as well. The professor of software engineering at the University of Tartu, Marlon Dumas, has studied business process management (BPM) for more than a decade. The analysis of data helps to reduce the costs and error rates of business when applied correctly.
However, the cherry on top of big data analysis in practice, is Sharemind. Programmable, secure computations with practical applications. In other words, it is a data-analysing service based on complex mathematical calculations, which has a wide scope of impact and can give us a wider view on our government, society and broader environment.
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Research Infrastructure Units of Natural Sciences
● Estonian Center of Analytical Chemistry
● Estonian Environmental Observatory
● Natural History Archives and Information Network (NATARC)
● Estonia’s Membership in the European Space Agency (ESA)
● Estonian Participation in the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
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