Significant advances in Earth system understanding will only be achieved through better integration of data and knowledge from the different Earth science disciplines and earth compartments. Improvement in this field strongly depends on our capabilities of dealing with fast growing multi-parameter data and on our effort employing Data Science methods, adapting new algorithms and developing digital workflows tailored to specific scientific needs. A close cooperation between natural scientists and data scientists will be the next ‘game changer’ in earth sciences to both understand processes in small sub-systems of the Earth and to find answers to pressing challenges that need investigations across earth interfaces as for climate change, resource security or geo-hazards.

With Digital Earth we will address these challenges within and between the Helmholtz partners, but also by including expertise from the outside and establish more international links to similar projects and long-term initiatives in Europe and globally. Digital Earth has been strategically initiated by all eight centres of the Helmholtz research field Earth and Environment. It directly links to two other initiatives of a joint infrastructure (MOSES) and of earth system modelling (ESM).

Figure 1: General Concept of Digital Earth to enable a holistic view on the Earth System as a whole.

General Concept of Digital Earth to enable a holistic view on the Earth System as a whole. 

We defined three work packages (WPs) that deal with SMART Monitoring Designs (WP1), Data Exploration Frameworks (WP2) and Sustainable Collaboration (WP3) in which e.g. visual and machine learning data exploration, quality/uncertainty pre-processing, data-gap closing or the joint development and long-term maintenance of software have been identified as objectives. In addition, in WP4 we will evaluate the usability of our data science approaches and the success of the project for gaining new scientific insight. WP5 will secure the overall project coordination, involve a scientific advisory board and will establish Thematic Seed Groups for ‘Earth Monitoring’, ‘Data Provision and Data Quality’, ‘Data Exploration’, ‘Data Management & Governance’ and ‘Software Architecture-Concepts’. The Seed Groups build the discussion forum among the tasks and to external partners.

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  • Join the 4th Data Science Symposium from 20-21 June 2019 at teh Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht. Click here for more information.

  • ON AIR —Podcast on "Model Approach". Click here to learn more.

  • Join the "Workshop on observation data QA/QC " organized by FZ Jülich from February 25-27 2019 at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre. More details here.

  • Digital Earth members at the ENVRI Conference and Training School on "Time Series Analysis" in Tromsø, Norway from January 28-31 2019. More details are available here.

  • Special Issue "Upscaling and Downscaling Modelling and/or Identification of Relevant Scales and Thresholds for Environmental Impacts in Ecology by Remote Sensing". See here for details.

  • 6-8 February, 2019 Digital Earth Workshop on Visual Data Exploration hosted by GFZ. For more details click here.

  • 10-12 December, 2018 Digital Earth Interim Meeting at GEOMAR. For more information see here.

  • Digital Earth represented at the " Digitaler Woche" in Kiel

  • 18/19 June, 2018 Kick-Off Meeting (GFZ, Potsdam)

  • 19/20 April, 2018 Data Science Symposium at GEOMAR

  • 18/19 April, 2018 next meeting of Digital Earth Steering Group at GEOMAR


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