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

November 21, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Destination Earth

Destination Earth (DestinE) aims to develop – on a global scale – a highly accurate digital model of the Earth to monitor and predict the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities. DestinE will unlock the potential of digital modeling of the Earth system at a level that represents a real breakthrough in terms of accuracy, detail, access-to-information, speed and interactivity.

Through the unprecedented observation and simulation capabilities of DestinE, empowered by  a 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.

Challenges for researchers

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 analyze this data for innovative research? Which infrastructures are already available and what is lacking?

This seminar brings together interested parties to discuss these questions and build the collaborations needed to prepare the Dutch research community for DestinE.

For whom

Researchers, Program managers, IT support, Data scientists


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


Time Subject
10:30 – 11:00 Walk in
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome at SURF
11:10 – 11:45 Keynote:
Wilco Hazeleger (UU)
11:45 – 12:10 Raymond Sluiter (NSO)
Destination Earth & Earth Observation Infrastructures
12:10 – 12:35 Femke Vossepoel (TUD)
Digital Twins for safe and sustainable Delta development in a changing Climate
12:35 – 13:35 Lunch
13:35 – 14:00 TBD
14:00 – 14:10 Haili Hu, Raymond Oonk (SURF)
Working together with SURF for Earth Sciences
14:10 – 15:10 Break out session / Futuring
15:10 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 15:55 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 – 16:30 Keynote:
Thomas Geenen (ECMWF)
16:30 – 17:30 Closing and drinks


November 21, 2022
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Moreelsepark 48
Utrecht, 3511 EP
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