Digital Earth at a Glance

Digital Earth aims at a holistic view on the entire Earth system across its compartments in a multi-parameter and multi-dimensional approach. Its objective is to improve Integrative Data Driven Science (IDDS) with state-of-the-art concepts for computer and data science. Digital Earth develops generic approaches for IDDS by adapting workflows, visual data exploration and analyses software, as well as specialized AI-driven analysis tools for a number of applications. The developments are mainly based on two exemplary show cases: the analysis of flood events and the quantification of methane emission. The main focus of Digital Earth is on Smart Monitoring and Integrated Data Exploration. The concepts and tools from Digital Earth are an important contribution to the digitizing of Earth Science.

Digital Earth is reaching out to other activities such as the National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI4Earth 


Project Structure

Based on the outlined objectives and the related demands, five work packages have been defined. Click for an overview on the entire structure of the project.


Thematic Seed Groups

Seedgroups have been established to discuss methodical needs and the potential of data science approaches in a group consisting of interested scientists from all Helmhotz E+E Centers plus invited/interested external experts. For more details see here.


Digital Earth Partner Institutes

See here for more information on Digital Earth project partners.


Digital Earth Steering Group

See details on the Digital Earth Steering Group members here.



     Jens Greinert
     Phone: +49 431 600-2590
     E-Mail: jgreinert(at)



     Daniela Henkel
     Phone: +49 431 600-2111
     E-Mail: dhenkel(at)