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The Earth’s digital twins will provide us with new insights into the Earth’s climate and biodiversity. The Digital Twins are more accurate models of the Earth, using computer simulations and observations. Several projects funded by the European Commission will develop digital twins during this decade. The aim is to eventually combine them into a single digital twin of the Earth that can be used to support decision making.

The Climate Digital Twin will simulate the climate at a higher resolution. The climate simulations will be combined with applications that provide information on the effects of climate change, for example on river flows, wind energy or forest fires. This can be used to support decision making when designing measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Biodiversity Digital Twin project develops digital twins to simulate behaviour observed in nature. BioDT uses a diverse range of biological and environmental data to predict responses of species to environmental pressures, including climate change and changes in land use. BioDT aims to provide a prototype platform for the long-term study of biodiversity and help ensure the resilience of our society.

Digital twins are among the flagship projects of LUMI, the world’s third fastest supercomputer. In models requiring heavy computation and in the highly demanding algorithms of machine learning, LUMI’s immense computing power is invaluable.

Fusion energy is expected to be a clean, efficient and safe form of energy, and the ITER experimental reactor, due for completion in 2025, aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of fusion as a new energy source. Supercomputer modelling has played a key role in ITER research. E-TASC-HEL, the Fusion Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence Support, develops and optimises computational tools for the most advanced supercomputers, including LUMI.

Follow our webinar and hear from our experts what supercomputers can make possible.

Event programme (mainly in Finnish):

12.1.2023 from 18 – 20

18.00 Ilmastonmuutoksen seurausten ennakointi ja mallinnus, ClimateDT
Jenni Kontkanen, CSC

18.25 Luonnon katoavan monimuotoisuuden ymmärtäminen, BioDT
Jesse Harrison, CSC

18.50 Fuusioenergia käytännössä
Taina Kurki-Suonio, Aalto-yliopisto
CSC:n rooli fuusiotutkimuksessa (in English)
Jan Åström, CSC

19.20 Paneelikeskustelu: Tiede, supertietokoneet ja tekoälyn mahdollisuudet tänään esitellyissä hankkeissa
Aleksi Kallio, CSC
Jenni Kontkanen, CSC
Jesse Harrison, CSC
Taina Kurki-Suonio, Aalto-yliopisto

19.40 Vastauksia yleisön kysymyksiin

20.00 Tilaisuus päättyy

Follow the event online on 12.1.2023.