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Underlying models for the European DIgital Twin Ocean - EDITO-Model Lab

Project description

New tool to develop ocean management scenarios

In line with the Horizon Europe Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030’, the development of a virtual ocean model lab (VOML) is underway. Bringing together ocean knowledge, modeling and technological expertise, the EU-funded EDITO-Model Lab project is designing next-generation ocean models as part of the European Digital Twin Ocean initiative. The aim is to enable stakeholders to develop ocean management scenarios. The project will deliver a VOML that will feature an interactive and codevelopment environment. The VOML will be based on modeling software, AI algorithms and special tools. The project will support the sustainable blue economy and explore ‘what-if scenarios’ to find solutions to natural and man-induced hazards.


EDITO-Model Lab will prepare the next generation of ocean models, complementary to Copernicus Marine Service to be integrated into the EU public infrastructure of the European Digital Twin Ocean (EDITO) that will ensure access to required input and validation data (from EMODnet, EuroGOOS, ECMWF, Copernicus Services and Sentinels satellite observations) and to high-performance and distributed computing facilities (from EuroHPC for HPC and other cloud computing resources) and that will be consolidated under developments of Destination Earth (DestinE).
The objective is to make ocean knowledge available to citizens, entrepreneurs, policymakers, decision-makers and scientific experts alike, thus enabling them to become partners in knowledge generation, explore desirable futures and develop ocean management scenarios (and assemble their own twins), with the overarching goal of ensuring a safe, healthy and productive ocean. As an interactive and user driven initiative, EDITO-Model Lab will deliver a Virtual Ocean Model Lab (VOML) including (1) a core model suite including global high-resolution models and coastal configurations, (2) downstream user toolkits and (3) a developer’s toolkit for a sustainable ocean.
The VOML will be an interactive and co-development environment to operate models. EDITO core model suite will be based on modelling and simulation software, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and specialised tools to form a new service capacity for accessing, manipulating, analysing and understanding marine information. Intermediate and downstream stakeholders will find digital tools, data and information for ‘focus applications’ (FA) that refer to the Mission Ocean Lighthouses (MOLs) and the sustainable Blue economy, including ‘what-if scenarios’ to find solutions to natural and man-induced hazards.
EDITO-Model Lab will be delivered in 36 months by a consortium of 14 authoritative partners, covering ocean knowledge, modelling and technological expertise.



Net EU contribution
€ 1 096 250,00
2 avenue de l aerodrome de montaudran
31400 Toulouse

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Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

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