After six months of fighting, the rebel forces finally invaded the Libyan capital of Tripoli. However, there is still unrest in the capital with reports of gunfights on the streets, though many feel that the pro-Gaddafi forces will lose morale if Gaddafi himself is captured. Intelligence services remain adamant that he has not left the country, leaving just 679,362 square miles to search. The British government has turned to the scientific community for help.
Dr George Marsh, an ecologist from the University of Kent, was the first to accept the call. His plan is known, officially, as “Quantative Understanding And Description of Rarely Apprehended Tyrants” (QUADRAT). The QUADRAT system works by sampling a small area and then scaling these observations up for the entire country.