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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.


Martin Visbeck: mvisbeck@geomar.de

Thomas Jung: Thomas.Jung@awi.de

Sabine Attinger: sabine.attinger@ufz.de

Digital Twins Synthesis Paper

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