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Underlying models for the European Digital Twin Ocean

EDITO-Model Lab

Project timeline
January 2023
36 months
December 2025
General Information
EDITO-Model Lab will prepare the next generation of ocean models, complementary to the Copernicus Marine Service to be integrated into the EU public infrastructure of the European Digital Twin Ocean (EDITO) that will ensure access to required input and validation data (from EMODnet, EuroGOOS, ECMWF, Copernicus Services and Sentinels satellite observations) and to high-performance and distributed computing facilities (from EuroHPC for HPC and other cloud computing resources) and that will be consolidated under developments of Destination Earth (DestinE). The objective is to make ocean knowledge available to citizens, entrepreneurs, policymakers, decision-makers and scientific experts alike, thus enabling them to become partners in knowledge generation, explore desirable futures and develop ocean management scenarios (and assemble their own twins), with the overarching goal of ensuring a safe, healthy and productive ocean. As an interactive and user driven initiative, EDITO-Model Lab will deliver a Virtual Ocean Model Lab (VOML) including (1) a core model suite including global high-resolution models and coastal configurations, (2) downstream user toolkits and (3) a developer’s toolkit for a sustainable ocean. The VOML will be an interactive and co-development environment to operate models. EDITO core model suite will be based on modelling and simulation software, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and specialised tools to form a new service capacity for accessing, manipulating, analysing and understanding marine information.
Intermediate and downstream stakeholders will find digital tools, data and information for ‘focus applications’ (FA) that refer to the Mission Ocean Lighthouses (MOLs) and the sustainable Blue economy, including ‘what-if scenarios’ to find solutions to natural and man-induced hazards. EDITO-Model Lab will be delivered in 36 months by a consortium of 14 authoritative partners, covering ocean knowledge, modelling and technological expertise.

By bringing ocean knowledge, modeling and technological expertise, Hereon will contribute to the development of the Virtual Ocean Model Lab by providing modeling and simulation software and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. Hereon is leading the "what-if scenario" work package. Hereon is involved in all work packages and will co-develop ocean models in regional and coastal scales, combining classical numerical approaches with artificial intelligence to develop hybrid modeling tools that will be integrated into the EDITO core model suite. This Digital Twin of Ocean will combine next generation ocean modelling, Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Computing, developing interactivity and transforming the knowledge-sharing paradigm.

This project is funded within the Horizon Europe Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-05-01
Project TypeInnovation Action (IA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101093293
Co-ordinatorMercator Ocean (FR)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Joanna Staneva, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Department Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation (KSD), Phone: +49 4152 87 1804
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Alma Mater Studiorum - Università die Bologna (IT), Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (ES), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici SCARL (IT), CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (IT), CNRS (FR), Consorcio para la construccion, equipamiento y explotacion del Sistema de Observacion Cost (ES), Danish Meteorological Institute (DK), Institut Mines-Telecom (FR), Mercator Ocean (FR), NVIDIA Ltd (UK), Stichting Deltares (NL), Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Fjernmaaling (NO), +ATLANTIC Associacao Para Unlaboratorio Colaborativo Doatlantico (PT)
EDITO-Model Lab website
Last Update: 08. January 2024