EU launches digital Earth satellite to fight climate change

HELSINKI An Earth software model, designed to monitor and simulate environmental hazards and find ways to mitigate climate changes, started its monitoring and prediction mission on 10 June, according to the EU Commission.

According to the website, Destination Earth created a digital map of the Earth to simulate natural phenomena using “unprecedented amounts of data”.

The model combines climate sciences with artificial intelligence powered supercomputers, including the LUMI located in Kajaani (Finland), where the inauguration took place.

Margrethe Vestager said that the event was a “future in the making” Margrethe is executive vice president at the European Commission.

She said that mayors could better prepare their cities for extreme weather and EU institutions could implement the Green Deal. Leaders “cannot avoid the responsibility to act with the tools available to them”.

Vestager stated that the tool will put climate data and tools for predicting in the hands of a great many people.

Florence Rabier, the head of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), called Destination Earth a “game-changer”, in part because it would allow people to ask the model for answers to climate change questions.

She said that “Destination Earth” can create bespoke scenarios with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. AFP

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