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Digital Twin 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 Twin of the Ocean
Iliad - Digital Twin of the Ocean

What is the Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean?

Iliad aspires to be an interoperable, data-intensive, and cost-effective Digital Twin of the Ocean

The Iliad Digital Twin 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 Twin 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 Twin 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 Twin 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 Twin 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 Twin 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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Iliad - Digital Twin of the Ocean
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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September 2022

7th Europe Congress of the International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)

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September 2022

IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Workshop 2022

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December 2022

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is accepting abstracts for the AGU Fall Meeting 2022

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News

All the latest developments and news in the creation of the Digital Twin of the Ocean.
Study on Tidal Array Spatial Optimisation Presented by Iliad at IAHR Congress
Study on Tidal Array Spatial Optimisation Presented by Iliad at IAHR Congress

H20, one of the most recognised chemical symbols, can either help or hurt. In the context of the ocean, tidal energy has the ability to be converted into power and provide electricity. Who knew?

Iliad researchers develop an operational model chain to assess the hazards of accidental oil spills at sea
Iliad researchers develop an operational model chain to assess the hazards of accidental oil spills at sea

A recent study conducted by the EU-funded Iliad project applied a sophisticated operational oil spill model to test the oil dispersive properties and to reveal the relative magnitude of weathering processes, after an accidental oil spill release along the main tanker transportation route in the North Aegean Sea. Currently, the simulation refers to a theoretical scenario, which however has high probabilities to become true.

What is a Digital Twin of the ocean and what can it be used for?
What is a Digital Twin of the ocean and what can it be used for?

A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process, said Prof. Georgios Sylaios of the Democritus University of Thrace at the kick off conference of the EU-funded Iliad Project held online on February 1, 2022.

Digital Twins of the Ocean through Interoperability of existing and future Ocean Data Systems
Digital Twins of the Ocean through Interoperability of existing and future Ocean Data Systems

The Earth's oceans are vast and cover more than 70% of its surface. Scientists have been studying, monitoring and modelling the oceans for many decades to further our understanding. In todays, data rich world, creating a digital representation of the ocean is becoming a reality.


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