Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean website now live

 Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean website now live

Groundstation is part of the Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean project. This new Horizon 2020 project was officially kicked off in February 2022 with a webinar and the launch of its new website!

What is Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean?

The Iliad project is an EU funded project, building on the assets resulting from two decades of investments in policies and infrastructures for the blue economy and aims at establishing an interoperable, data-intensive, and cost-effective Digital Twin of the Ocean.

Digital sea of data

Iliad capitalises on the explosion of new data provided by many different Earth observation sources, advanced computing infrastructures (cloud computing, HPC, Internet of Things, Big Data, social networking, and more) in an inclusive, virtual/augmented, and engaging fashion to address all Earth data challenges. It will contribute towards a sustainable ocean economy as defined by the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Ocean, a hub for global, multi-stakeholder co-operation.

The Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean will fuse a large volume of diverse data, in a semantically rich and data agnostic approach to enable simultaneous communication with real world systems and models. Ontologies and a standard style-layered descriptor will facilitate semantic information and intuitive discovery of underlying information and knowledge to provide a seamless experience.

The combination of geovisualisation, immersive visualization and virtual or augmented reality allows users to explore, synthesize, present, and analyze the underlying geospatial data in an interactive manner.

Ocean (Photo by Ivan Bandura, via Iliad)

System of systems

To realize its potential, the Iliad consortium members will follow the System of Systems approach, integrating the plethora of existing EU Earth Observing and Modelling Digital Infrastructures and Facilities.

Iliad Marketplace

To promote additional applications through the Iliad project, the partners will create the Iliad Marketplace, included a market for Geosciences related applications and services. Like an app store, providers will use the Iliad Marketplace to distribute apps, plug-ins, interfaces, raw data, citizen science data, synthesized information, and value-adding services derived from the Iliad Digital Twin of the Ocean. It will also be an efficient way for scientists to discover and find relevant applications and services.

If you’d like to keep up to date with all the exciting developments of the Iliad project, register for news updates on the Iliad homepage.

Remco Timmermans

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