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Digital twins help prepare for climate change

Heatwaves, floods, and wildfires are among the extreme weather events which are often likely to be linked to climate change. A new initiative will use models of Earth sub-systems, so called digital twins, to assist authorities and policy makers in preparing for the future conditions. Named Destination Earth the initiative will help predict major environmental degradation and disasters.

Destination Earth will be funded through the European Commission’s Digital Europe program over the next seven years. The initiative will start this year, and implementation will be delegated to three international organizations: the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), European Space Agency (ESA), and European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Destination Earth will integrate digital replicas of various aspects of the Earth’s system on topics such as extreme weather events, climate change adaptation, oceans, and biodiversity.