About Destination Earth

A highly accurate digital model of our planet 

Destination Earth

Destination Earth (DestinE) is an ambitious initiative of the European Union to create a highly accurate digital model of Earth. It utilises an unprecedented amount of data, innovative earth system models, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, high-speed connectivity networks and data from multiple existing and new sources. Europe's cutting-edge computing is utilized to monitor the effects of natural and human activity on our planet, enable users to anticipate extreme events and test and adapt policies addressing climate-related challenges.

The operational core platform, the data lake and the first digital twins will be made operational as part of the Commission’s Digital Europe Programme. Horizon Europe will provide research and innovation opportunities that will support the further development of DestinE. There are synergies with other relevant EU entities and programmes, such as the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and the European Space Programme, as well as related national initiatives.

The European Commission coordinates the DestinE initiative in close collaboration with the Member States, Associated Countries, scientific communities and technology experts.

The initiative is jointly implemented by three entrusted entities: the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) over the next 7-10 years.

On 15 December 2021, the European Commission and the three implementing entities signed Contribution Agreements to start the first phase of implementation until mid-2024.

DestinE Timeline

DestinE will be developed gradually through the following key milestones:

Official Launch

Official launch event of the initiative following the signing of the Contribution Agreements earlier in 2021.

By 2023
By 2023

Development of the main components begins.

By 2024
By 2024

All the components of the system (DestinE Platform, Data Lake, Digital Twin Engine) have been developed. The DestinE Platform and Data Lake will be transferred into operation. Demonstration of the first two digital twins on Weather-Induced Extremes and Climate Change Adaptation and the open core platform.

By 2026
By 2026

Further enhancement of the DestinE system and integration of additional digital twins and related services.

By 2030
Full Earth Replica
By 2030

A "full" digital replica of the Earth

Who will benefit

Destination Earth will help scientists and policymakers to understand the complex interactions that the environment and humans will play in shaping Earth’s future.

Destine earth benefit

Destination Earth will also form the baseline for effective European adaptation strategies in support of the green transition, helping the EU reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and the implementation of the European Commission’s Green Deal and Digital Strategy.