To contain climate change, the European Commission wants to acquire a digital twin of the Earth, fully configurable and open source. The information obtained will enable the EU to establish reliable strategies in different areas to better predict natural disasters.
Twins for our beautiful blue planet! To think about new ways to respond to global warming, the European Union is turning to innovation. The Destination Earth (DestinE) project, initiated by the European Commission, aims to develop a digital model of the Earth with a very high precision. With this fully configurable digital twin you can: follow the evolution of the Earth systembut also from simulate scenarios and thus obtain accurate analyzes in the context of experiments. It is clear that the primary interest of these twins is to be able to improve the environmental situation and make the best possible decisions. The target: become the first climate neutral continent by 2050†
The virtual twin of our Earth would therefore make it possible to anticipate and respond to natural disasters in the best possible way. Digital twins are like mirrors of reality, simulators that reproduce reality limited by real-time data. They are already used in various industrial processes to improve production efficiency. Other sectors such as energy, transport, health or smart cities are also starting to use them.
An open access platform
Another asset, this data will be used to help farmers, be it irrigation, fertilization or collection. Finally, the European Commission hopes, based on scenarios and experiments learn more about energy resources, such as geothermal energyin particular about its use and storage.
In order to obtain as much data as possible, the DestinE project will use data from different sectors such as weather, climate, sea, satellites, seismic data, socio-economic data and finally the data of internet users. To allow everyone to form their own image of global warming and possible solutions, the platform is free to access and according to the Commission, each user can conduct their own investigation. To test their model, Internet users are given access to algorithms and other previously produced applications.
The project must reach its initial stage at the end of the year 2023† The European Commission is already thinking about the aftermath and could support other digital twins, this time around the oceans or biodiversity.
(ETX Daily Up)