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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  • 25-27 February 2019: "Workshop on observation data QA/QC" organized by FZ Jülich at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre. More details here.
  • 10-12 December, 2018: Digital Earth Interim Meeting at GEOMAR. For more information see here.
  • 18/19 June, 2018: Kick-Off Meeting (GFZ, Potsdam)
  • 19/20 April, 2018: Data Science Symposium at GEOMAR
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