Summary #1468

Scientists begin building highly accurate digital twin of our planet

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  • In the next ten years, scientists from the “Destination Earth” initiative will be building a highly accurate digital twin model of Earth.
  • Apart from natural observation data, the model will also include a representation of human activity’s continued impact on Earth.
  • The goal - enable policymakers and builders to make informed long-term decisions regarding development, water and food supplies, wind/solar plants, and more.
  • Scientists state that computer science needs to merge with earth sciences to make this happen, and advanced computing technology and algorithms will be needed.
  • They estimate that supercomputers based on GPUs would be best, and modelling Earth’s twin at 1km resolution would take 20,000 GPUs at around 20 Megawatts.

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