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. These new virtual representations of the oceans will integrate earth observing, modelling and digital infrastructures to provide predictions of future changes in all aspects of the worlds oceans.
Digitising the ocean is a huge and exciting challenge. The digital ocean twin will, in fact, consist of many smaller-scale twins. Iliad is one a several new initiatives from around the world that will support the development of a new European Digital Ocean Twin.
Ute Brönner from SINTEF Ocean presented the concept of Digital Twins of the Ocean (DTO) used by the EU-funded Iliad Project and the need for an interoperable architecture for DTOs at the International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want, in Sopot, Poland.
25th January 2022
The Iliad consortium, which includes 56 international partners, will develop virtual representations of the sea that will integrate and extend existing EU earth observing, modelling digital infrastructures and computing facilities
24th February 2022
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.