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Digital Twins of the Ocean

The Iliad consortium will develop virtual representations of the sea that will integrate earth observing, modelling and digital infrastructures to provide predictions of future developments "at sea".

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Iliad - Digital Twins of the Ocean
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What are the Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean?

Iliad aspires to provide interoperable, data-intensive, and cost-effective Digital Twins of the Ocean

The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean, an EU funded project, builds on the assets resulting from two decades of investments in policies and infrastructures for the blue economy and aims at establishing an interoperable, data-intensive, and cost-effective Digital Twins of the Ocean.

Iliad capitalises on the explosion of new data provided by many different Earth observation sources, advanced computing infrastructures (cloud computing, HPC, Internet of Things, Big Data, social networking, and more) in an inclusive, virtual/augmented, and engaging fashion to address all Earth data challenges. It will contribute towards a sustainable ocean economy as defined by the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Ocean, a hub for global, multi-stakeholder co-operation.

The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean will fuse a large volume of diverse data, in a semantically rich and data agnostic approach to enable simultaneous communication with real world systems and models. Ontologies and a standard style-layered descriptor will facilitate semantic information and intuitive discovery of underlying information and knowledge to provide a seamless experience.

The combination of geovisualisation, immersive visualization and virtual or augmented reality allows users to explore, synthesize, present, and analyze the underlying geospatial data in an interactive manner.

To realize its potential, the Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean will follow the System of Systems approach, integrating the plethora of existing EU Earth Observing and Modelling Digital Infrastructures and Facilities.

To promote additional applications through Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean, the partners will create the Iliad Marketplace, included a market for Geosciences related applications and services. Like an app store, providers will use the Iliad Marketplace to distribute apps, plug-ins, interfaces, raw data, citizen science data, synthesized information, and value-adding services derived from the Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean. It will also be an efficient way for scientists to discover and find relevant applications and services.

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Iliad Pilots

Digital Twin pilots will be undertaken in a number of key areas, led by the existing industrial partners, utilizing existing skills and technologies.
Iliad - Digital Twin of the Ocean
Wind Energy

The pilot on wind farms will collect already available, but scattered information on existing and under development wind farms for centralised information of the remaining potential of offshore wind.

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Renewable Energy from the Ocean: Currents, Waves & Floating Solar

Iliad will demonstrate a pilot on the ocean energy potential in the North-Easter Atlantic Ocean.

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Fisheries & Aquaculture

A pilot in the North Sea Region will contribute fisheries-specific data, subsurface environmental data and surface environmental data from a weather station.

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Marine Traffic & Harbour Safety

A pilot in Bulgaria aims to improve safe ship navigation by enhancing Digital Twins of the area. The pilot will be implemented jointly with the end-user VarnaPort.

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Pollution

A pilot in the Ocean Lab infrastructure in Norway and Germany will leverage the system of system concept of Iliad to combine data from sensors and models to enhance data resolution from real-time data.

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Met Ocean Data: Hind, Now & Forecasts

Iliad will demonstrate a pilot with the application of operational coastal wave and current modelling around Crete aimed at the marine authorities in Crete as end-users.

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Biodiversity Assessments & Monitoring

A pilot in Romania and Bulgaria will combine data from EMODNet with catch data and sustainability indices through the Iliad platform.

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Insurance for Marine & Maritime Activities

The insurance pilot will contribute to the Iliad DTO with the design of individual Risk Transfer Solutions for a wide range of target end-users.

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Upcoming Events

Stay up to date with forthcoming events and important dates in the Iliad project. You can see more events here.

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June 2023

Iliad Webinar Series - Connecting ocean digital twins using federated system approaches in Iliad

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15

June 2023

2️nd Digital Ocean Forum

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26

June 2023

FOSS4G 2023

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30

June 2023

2023 Fisheries Science Seminar - Citizen Science

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3

September 2023

The Iliad Digital Twins of the Ocean Summer School 2023

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2

October 2023

74th International Astronautical Congress

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3

October 2023

10th EuroGOOS International Conference - 'European operational oceanography for the ocean we want – addressing the UN Ocean Decade Challenges'

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October 2023

EurOCEAN 2023 conference

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News

All the latest developments and news in the creation of the Digital Twins of the Ocean.
Iliad experts to give keynote speech and plenary talks at Paris World Ocean Data Conference
Iliad experts to give keynote speech and plenary talks at Paris World Ocean Data Conference

On March 21st, Iliad scientists Bente Lilja Bye, Christopher Genillard, Arne-Jørgen Berre, and Lena Neidhardt will give a plenary talk titled 'Aquaculture Risk Metrics – A digital twin of the ocean with risk data and information for multiple stakeholders', as part of an afternoon session on interdisciplinarity and societal needs.

Iliad webinar series on 8th - 10th March to focus on Citizen Science for Digital Twins of the Ocean
Iliad webinar series on 8th - 10th March to focus on Citizen Science for Digital Twins of the Ocean

The first webinar, on March 8th, will include an introduction to citizen science in the context of digital twins of the ocean, using a range of real-world examples illustrating citizen science and related concepts.

Iliad invited to sit on a panel to discuss the European Digital Twins of the Ocean at the 1st Annual Forum for the EU Mission Ocean
Iliad invited to sit on a panel to discuss the European Digital Twins of the Ocean at the 1st Annual Forum for the EU Mission Ocean

Iliad was invited to sit on a panel to discuss the European Digital Twins of the Ocean (DTOs) at the 1st Annual Forum for the EU Mission Ocean - Restore our oceans and waters by 2030.

Iliad researchers: Cold spells boost climate change denial tweets; some warming seen as good
Iliad researchers: Cold spells boost climate change denial tweets; some warming seen as good

A team of researchers associated with the EU-funded Iliad project recently published findings based on an algorithm analysing more than 15 million English-language Twitter posts spanning 13 years (2006-2019), showing that cold spells – dips in temperature relative to historical averages – led to proportionally more tweets indicating disbelief in the existence of climate change.


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