Satellite Events on Digital Twins of the Ocean

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28 April 2022, 7:00-10:30 GMT

4-Dimensional Virtual Ocean for Sustainable Development and Smart Applications

Ocean plays a very important role in our lives and is vital for the sustenance of earth's climate and environment. Considering rapid changes in the ocean state and our lack of understanding of some of the underlying processes we are not able to properly assess the impacts of those changes on marine ecosystem and earth environment. To address these, ocean observations and modeling research are essential to predict the variations and correctly project the future changes for taking necessary adaptation and mitigation measures. At the same time, as ocean modeling and information systems are progressing rapidly, there is a need to establish a global ocean digital ecosystem (in the framework of DITTO* and 4DVE*) as a platform of collaboration and interaction among researchers, policymakers, and the public in order to contribute to the objectives of the UN Ocean Decade. Keeping this objective in mind, we are planning to hold an online satellite event on April 28th 2022 to discuss these progresses in ocean data science and their applications, for realizing a sustainable world ocean, and to feed the discussion at the first DITTO summit to be held at London in parallel to this online event.

Haruka Nishikawa, Swadhim Behera, Ryo Furue


in planning, needed to be postponed, event link available when rescheduled.

DITTO Down Under

The aim of this event is to increase the awareness of the Australian science community to DITTO, We will advertise the event in Australia through the extensive contacts developed e.g. through Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

We are planning a 1 hour event to Introduce the concept of DITTO to the Australian marine community. It will consist of Introductory presentation (30 mins) followed and Q&A (30 mins). This will set the scene for those interested to sign up for the launch.

Michelle Heupel
(The University of Western Australia)


28th April 2022 at 15:00-16:30 GMT+8

Aiming Digital Twin Ocean of Xiamen Bay: Prospective from a UN Decade-Endorsed Project Coastal-SOS

With ~2 billion people relying on its resources, the East Asian seas have nourished rapid economic growth over the past decades. But this comes at the expense of ocean health. Coastal-SOS, or “Coastal Zones Under Intensifying Human Activities and Changing Climate: A Regional Programme Integrating Science, Management and Society to Support Ocean Sustainability”, a UN Ocean Decade endorsed project aims to provide solutions for the sustainable development of coastal ocean through effective integration of science, governance, and society. Numerical modeling will be a key programmatic effort, serving synthesis analysis, mechanistic studies, and most importantly, predictions, which will contribute to construct the next generation of product: the data-model fully integrated Digital Twin Ocean. One of the expected outcomes of this project is a decision-making support system and toolbox aided by numerical modelling and the Digital Twin Ocean initiative that will result in integrated coastal management and development of marine spatial planning and ecosystem conservation practices. In this Webinar, researchers will present the project's overall design, review the existing observation data and modelling in Xiamen Bay which is one of Coastal-SOS's pilot sites, and discuss the future plan of constructing a Digital Twin Ocean in this area.

State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China


2-5 May 2022

Generating and Exploring Ideas for Developing a Global Ocean Oxygen Database and ATlas (GO2DAT)

The Hackathon will be a 4-day event with 48 hours non-stop time for developing a prototype in a team and to think about its use, using various digital data related to ocean oxygen.

The winning teams will present their results virtually at the 53rd International Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics / 3rd GO2NE Oxygen Conference which is taking place from 16 to 20 May 2022.

Andreas Oschlies, Kirsten Isensee, Marilaure Gregoire, Veronique Garcon


3 May 2022, 10:30am-12::00pm CET+2

Southern African Capabilities towards Digital Twins of the Ocean

The Satellite event “Southern African Capabilities towards Digital Twins of the Ocean” is open to all members of the public. Stakeholders working in the ocean domain from industry, academia, government and non-profit organizations are invited to engage in discussions on the potential benefits and applications of ocean digital twins for southern Africa and help us identify key priority areas for the developments.

Marjolaine Krug,
Panel members:
Dr. Tammy Morris, Mr. Tshikana Rasehlomi, Dr. Jennifer Veitch, Dr. Stewart Bernard 


10 May 2022, 16:00 pm London

A Digital Twin for Grenada

Digital Twins are virtual representations of the real world and provide greater context to solve many challenges. GIS helps us create digital twins of the natural and built environments. In this session, we will examine the Digital Twin recently built for the Country of Grenada. This Digital Twin is now serving as the foundation for the country and is being used to improve decision making in many areas, from economic development to sustainability and resilience to disaster planning, preparedness, and response. Join us as we take an in depth look at the digital twin in the Country of Grenada. We will explore several areas including how to model data, extract and create features, and visualize information for decision making. We will look at various types of data used to help build the model including imagery and lidar, share deep learning models applied and look at simulation modeling including sea level rise.

Linda Peters, ESRI


12 May 2022, 12:30-15:30 CET

Digital Twin Interoperability - Architectures of Digital Ocean Twins (by TURTLE)

As initiatives around the globe begin to enhance ocean-oriented digital capacity, we have unprecedented opportunities to power digital twinning.
Join us for a workshop to discuss interoperability for Digital Twins of the Ocean! We present and discuss existing approaches. Welcome! As several activities emerge that have the objective to implement Digital Twins of the Ocean, we want to assure interoperability between these twins by fostering a discussion during this workshop. We will present and discuss different approaches to architecture and federated implementation of data lakes, data models and data visualization including the internet of underwater things. This workshop is for you, if you want to or have developed a Digital Twin of The Ocean, have data to share, or are wondering how your part of the ocean can be represented through a Digital Twin. Join partners from DITTO, ILIAD, Copernicus, EMODnet, ODIS, ODAC and ODBP in this hands-on workshop on Digital Twin Architectures!

Ute Brönner, Arne Jørgen Berre


12 May 2022, 1300-1600

Raising awareness of digital twinning as a complementary career path in marine science

Fieldwork is often perceived to be a requirement throughout marine science, with offshore fieldwork a gateway into employment or academic qualifications and images of field- based activities dominating relevant press materials. However, the close confines of a ship or research station and time spent away from home can create barriers to those with caring responsivities and from diverse backgrounds, such as ethnicity, disability, gender and socio-economic characteristics. There is a lack of awareness of potential job roles within field-based disciplines, suggesting that raising awareness of the full breadth of job profiles is needed. This team is unified by the Challenger Society for Marine Science’s EDIA working group, and are interested in both understanding the perceptions of entry into the discipline and how future directions like those related to digital twinning would require a different skill set. For our event, we propose a roundtable workshop aimed at leaders in the delivery of marine science through traditional routes as well as those engaged with digital twinning. This roundtable will have three short presentations (approx. 10 min each) on the topics listed below, which will act as discussion points for small group discussions (approx. 30 min in breakout rooms or similar). Finally, we will have a longer, full-group discussion to generate a collective agreement as to how individuals within marine science programmes can emphasise and support a wider range of skills in order to encourage a wider range of individuals into the field. Presentations will cover: 1) what are the perceived barriers to marine science; 2) initial results of our project that include a review of job advertisements in the discipline; and 3) what skills are needed for going forward in the future. We would like to hold a 3-hr interactive session, with participants contributing both in breakout groups and interactive whiteboards. By the end of this session, we aim to generate a collective memorandum of understanding on how to change the view of how to become a marine scientist.

Anna McGregor (University of Glasgow & Challenger Society for Marine Science) Ben Fisher (The University of Edinburgh)


13 May 2022, 7:00-1:30 CET

International symposium on digital twin of estuarine and coastal system

River deltas are a critical coastal habitat, however, they are facing continuous threats such as increasing coastal erosion, flooding risk, shrinking salt marshes and mangroves, degradation of ecological environment and damage to public health. This has become a global problem which requires international cooperation to find solutions. Mega-Delta Programme, endorced as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, plans to study the present status and threats facing 25 globally representative deltas, create methodologies for new blueprints including critical characteristics and the sustainability of the delta system and their capacity to support regional development for deltas having different physical processes and ecological and economic value. The overall objective of the programme is to support sustainable development in delta regions. Integrated framework of observations and numerical modelling system, with the newest technology of big data management and artificial intelligence for data analysis, is the way to guarantee the success of the Mega-Delta Programme. Therefore, as the leading institute of Mega-Delta Programme, the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research in East China Normal University decided to promote the development of the Digital Twin of Estuarine and Coastal System, in order to better serve the scientific research, engineering applications and emergency management on the mega deltas over the whole world. The first step is to develop the digital twin system of Yangtze River Estuary, based on the solid foundation of data collections and multi-disciplinary modelling systems. The aim of this event is to enhance the understanding and exchange ideas of the digital twin of estuarine and coastal system, and to increase the awareness of the Chinese science community to DITTO.

East China Normal University & State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University


13 May 2022, 6:30 pm CEST

Co-designing applied ocean models to support communities in NE Pacific

How can communities predict and plan for the impacts of sea-level rise? How can oceanographic models be designed to predict changes in ocean conditions and inform industry? How can co-designing predictive social-ecological models foster resilient coastal ecosystems? Join Ocean Networks Canada and the Tula Foundation's Ocean Decade Collaborative Centre for the Northeast Pacific to explore and share the role, value and utility of digital representations of the ocean for communities—for aquaculture management, conservation initiatives, climate-change planning, maritime safety, and mitigation of marine hazards (hypoxia, HAB events, tsunamis, storm surge, sea level rise, etc.), among others. This event brings together representatives from research institutions, coastal and Indigenous communities, industry, and government agencies from British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. This is a virtual satellite event associated with the G7-sponsored International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit, taking place May 4-5 2022 in London, UK. In conjunction with this summit, an endorsed activity under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, locally-relevant satellite events are being held to explore and share the role, value and utility of Digital Twins of the ocean.

Kathryn Sheps, Decade Collaborative Center for the NE Pacific & Kim Juniper, Oceans Network Canada


More events to come...

Virtual events on Digital Twins of the Ocean are continously updated.


Please find more information in the call for satellites or on the "Home"-page of this websiteThe specific formats of the events can range from short informal meetings to many hours-long hackathons, from local consultations, poster sessions to regional or global workshops, with invited speaker or simple open discussion fora. They can be in English or other languages.

Be creative and bring together people around the globe interested in digital twins of the ocean! 


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Each individual events have the objective to support the engagement and advancement of actions in the broad area of Digital Twins of the Ocean. The specific formats of the events can range from short informal meetings to many hours-long hackathons, from local consultations, poster sessions to regional or global workshops, with invited speaker or simple open discussion fora. They can be in English or other languages.
Be creative and bring together people around the globe interested in digital twins of the ocean!

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