Towards SMART Monitoring and Integrated Data Exploration of the Earth System - Implementing the Data Science Paradigm


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.

Digital Earth has been strategically initiated by all eight centres of the Helmholtz research field Earth and Environment (E&E). Digital Earth is funded with EURO 5 million plus EURO 5 million co-financed from all eight E&E centres. The project is coordinated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Digital Earth is directly linked to two other HGF initiatives MOSES 'Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems' and ESM 'Earth System Modelling'.


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. 

More information on contents of Digital Earth are available here.

If your interested in the project proposal, please download here.


  • Digital Earth Summer School on "Realizing Data Science": Call for application is open NOW!
  • Digital Earth flyer available here.
  • June 2019: GEOMAR campain "Observing Seafloor Methane Seeps at the Edge of Hydrate Stability" Click here to read more.

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  • 23‐25 September 2019: Digital Earth at REKLIM Conference, Berlin, Germany. Click here for more information.
  • 11‐13 September 2019: TERENO Workshop, – GFZ Potsdam: The drought year 2018 ‐ Insights from the TERENO Observatories. Click here for more information.
  • 20/21 June 2019: 4th Data Science Symposium at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht. Click here for more information.
  • 20-24 Mai 2019: One year of Digital Earth - More than 50 Data and Natural Scientists met in Nový Kostel, Czech Republic. See here for more information.
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