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 joint projects MOSES and ESM - Earth System Modelling. directly links 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.


  • 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 meeting of Digital Earth Steering Group at GEOMAR

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If your interested in the project proposal, please download here