Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean – a dynamic interactive replica of the ocean providing tailored ocean knowledge for better decision making to restore marine and coastal habitats, support a sustainable blue economy, and mitigate and adapt to climate change.
At the One Ocean Summit in Brest in February 2022, the European Commission’s President von der Leyen launched the European Digital Twin Ocean under the European Union’s (EU) Mission: restore our ocean and waters by 2030.
“The ocean is still largely a great mystery for humankind. That is why Europe is building a digital twin of the ocean. We are connecting our assets – like the Copernicus satellites, marine infrastructure like icebreakers, buoys and underwater drones, and high-performance computing. We will gather the raw data and turn it into real-time knowledge and longer-term predictions. We are putting the power of the digital revolution at the service of our climate. (…) Thanks to the EU and its Member States, a digital twin should be operational by 2024. It will make ocean knowledge open-access, available to citizens, scientists and policymakers around the world. It will be a platform for global cooperation. It is about putting the capabilities in place to achieve the commitments we make at this Summit. Together, with the digital twin, we will turn the lights on in the ocean.” – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
What is it and how will the DTO contribute to protecting and restoring our ocean?
The ocean holds the keys to an equitable and sustainable planet