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Seminar Digital Twins for Earth Sciences: How to prepare your infrastructure?

21 November 2022 @ 11h00 - 16h30

This seminar brings together interested parties to discuss these questions and build the collaborations needed to prepare the Dutch research community for DestinE.
Destination Earth is a major European program to build Digital Twins of Earth for a sustainable future. It will deliver huge data amounts to support research and policies. This seminar introduces the concept of Digital Earth Twins and we discuss together how the Dutch research community can prepare their infrastructure to make full use of the data.

Through the unprecedented observation and simulation capabilities of DestinE, empowered by new digital infrastructure (incl. EuroHPC Exascale systems) and AI capacity, we will be better prepared to respond to major natural disasters, adapt to climate change and predict the socioeconomic impact. DestinE supports the European Commission’s Green Deal action and Digital Strategy.

The amount of data available for Earth Sciences research is ever-growing. DestinE, on the one hand, will incorporate cutting-edge models and real-time measurements but, on the other hand, also generate huge amounts of new data. How can researchers ensure that they are ready to process and analyse this data for innovative research? Which infrastructures are already available and what is lacking?

For whom

Researchers, Program managers, IT support, Data scientists


This seminar is organised by SURF in cooperation with the Netherlands Space Office (NSO).


Time Subject
10.30 Walk in
11.00 Ron Augustus (SURF)
Welcome at SURF
11.10 Wilco Hazeleger (UU)
11.45 Raymond Sluiter (NSO)
Destination Earth & Earth Observation Infrastructures
12.10 Femke Vossepoel (TUD)
Digital Twins for safe and sustainable Delta development in a changing Climate
12.35 Lunch
13.35 Gennadii Donchyts (Google)
Google Earth Engine
14.00 Haili Hu, Raymond Oonk (SURF)
Working together with SURF for Earth Sciences
14.10 Break out session / Futuring
15.10 Break
15.30 Tomislav Hengl (OpenGeoHub)
Decentralized computing infrastructures and open source cloud-solutions for Digital Earth Twin systems (or how to scale up a proven idea within a modest computing budget)
15.55 Keynote:
Thomas Geenen (ECMWF)
16.30 – 17.30 Closing and drinks

SURF is a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions in which the members combine their strengths. Within SURF, we work together to acquire or develop the best possible digital services, and to encourage knowledge sharing through continuous innovation. The members are the owners of SURF.

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21 November 2022
11h00 - 16h30
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