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Digital Twins


A Digital Twin of the Earth is an information system that exposes users to a digital replication of the state and temporal evolution of the Earth system constrained by available observations and the laws of physics.

Digital Twins can help to regionalize and visualize possible future scenarios depending on human actions. As such they can guide development options and spatial planning to future-proof the intertwined human and environmental systems. Digital Twins answer ‘what if’ questions.

This project group will gather ideas and thoughts on their modelling and Digital Twins research. The goal is to agree on a common definition of what a ”Digital Twin“ is within the Helmholtz Earth and Environment community.

The synthesispaper Digital Twins of Planet Earth provides an overview of research on digital twins in the Helmholtz research area earth & environment. The newest version can be downloaded here.

© Jan Pauls Fotografie

© Jan Pauls Fotografie

General Assembly 2023

Sabine Attinger and Thomas Jung introduced the project and the first draft of the synthesis-paper: "Digital Twins of Planet Earth" at the General Assembly of Helmholtz Earth & Environment. Until September 2023, scientists of Helmholtz Earth & Environment are invited to complement and revise the first draft of the synthesis-paper. The final draft of this paper will be available in October.


Martin Visbeck: mvisbeck@geomar.de

Thomas Jung: Thomas.Jung@awi.de

Sabine Attinger: sabine.attinger@ufz.de

Synthesis Paper Digital Twins

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