Digital Ocean Forum 2024


Contributing to the international UN Ocean Decade

A roadmap now aligns and connects EU and Ocean Decade programmes. By further structuring and reinforcing the cooperation between the European Commission and IOC/UNESCO, the roadmap will help to reach the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the 2030 objectives of the European Green Deal, which include protecting 30% of the sea area, reducing 50% of the litter at sea, lowering microplastics leakage into the environment by 30%, and reducing nutrients and chemical pesticides by 50%. The EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters and its EU Digital Twin Ocean constitutes a major EU contribution to the Ocean Decade. 

The European DTO contributes directly to challenge 8 of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development, which focuses on creating a digital representation of the ocean. The European DTO contributes to the Decade Coordination Offices and programmes including the Digital Twins Ocean (DITTO) programme to address those ambitious challenges

Ocean Decade Challenge #8

Create a digital representation of the ocean

The Ocean Decade Challenges represent the highest level of the Decade Action Framework. They articulate the most immediate priorities for the Decade. They aim to unite Decade partners in collective action, thus ensuring that the whole of the Decade is greater than the sum of its parts, and shaping the overall contribution of the Decade to the 2030 Agenda. Challenge 8: Through multi-stakeholder collaboration, develop a comprehensive digital representation of the ocean, including a dynamic ocean map, which provides free and open access for exploring, discovering, and visualizing past, current, and future ocean conditions in a manner relevant to diverse stakeholders.



Dr Enrique Alvarez Fanjul, Technical coordinator of the OceanPrediction DCC, explained the importance of the European Digital Twin of the Ocean, and its connection with OceanPrediction DCC. The improvements in ocean forecasting activities derived from the Decade activities will benefit the digital twins, providing better data and contributing to the implementation of a integrated digital ecosystem for decision-making.

Contributing to the European DestinE efforts

The EU Digital Twin Ocean will be fully compatible with the Destination Earth (DestinE) architecture, led by ESA, EUMETSAT and ECMWF. From data integration to using European High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) to data exploitation, the EU Digital Twin Ocean will be fully aligned with the DestinE Digital Twins and strongly support the European Union’s Digital Strategy and Green Deal objectives. 

Destination Earth

Digital Twins

To create a better future, we must push the technological boundaries of today, so that we are able to understand, predict and plan for extreme weather and climate change. Find out more about ECMWF’s role as a technology developer in the European Union funded Destination Earth initiative, including the creation of two digital twins and the revolutionary technology of the Digital Twin Engine.