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1st Destination Earth User eXchange

February 15 @ 9:00 am CET

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This free-to-attend event was hosted virtually and in person on 15 February 2023 in Frascati, Rome, Italy.

Please click here for the report of the event.


What is the first Destination Earth User eXchange?

This was the first of a series of regular events to establish, grow and nurture a community of Destination Earth (DestinE) stakeholders.

DestinE partners have decided to establish such events to inform the community on the progress in implementing DestinE and, at the same time, identifying stakeholders or prospective partners and understand the needs of the community so that the initiative can develop in synergy with its (potential) users. The User eXchange also aims at identifying prospective partners and understand stakeholder expectations and possible avenues for interaction.

What is Destination Earth?

The Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG-CNECT) of the European Commission has entrusted the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) with the implementation of the DestinE initiative.

DestinE aims to develop - on a global scale - a highly accurate digital model of the Earth to monitor and predict the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities. As part of the European Commission’s Green Deal and Digital Strategy, DestinE will contribute to achieving the objectives of the twin transition, green and digital.

A broad stakeholder engagement is key to the success of the DestinE initiative and the three entities have been cooperating closely in developing a joint strategy towards user engagement and partnerships. This strategy includes setting up an open stakeholder dialogue aimed at the wider community ensuring engagement of all relevant players. The DestinE User eXchange is intended to become a central building block of this dialogue.

The DestinE User eXchange is established as a regular event and a forum for exchange of DestinE stakeholders. The event series shall contribute to building a DestinE community and provide for

  • the three Entrusted Entities to inform on the progress in implementing DestinE;
  • collecting needs and understanding plans of users (current and prospective);
  • collecting feedback from users on usability and fitness-for-purpose.

The DestinE User eXchange should also provide for an exchange on related developments in Member States, at the European and international level.

This first event (15 February 2023) focused particularly on building a community. In addition to the general information objective, it aims at:

  • identifying further stakeholders or prospective partners, and their respective interests,
  • understanding expectations and possible avenues for interaction and engagement.


  • Users from the science and development community (research centers, universities, industry, public institutions) and policy domain, including partners and potential partners (partnership agreements with the three entities).
  • Contractors of the three entities for the implementation of the system components and use cases.
  • Member States representatives in the Commission and the three entities’ governance bodies responsible for DestinE.

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Links to slides and videos are provided below.

Please click here for the report of the event.

*= Remote Presentation


Arrival and registration


Start of event



Framing DestinE

Short interventions were given by representatives of the Commission, including a representative user and technology partner to highlight how DestinE should serve to support European Union policy ambitions. Also includes how DestinE is positioned vis-à-vis Copernicus and ESA Digital Twin Earth.

  • Opening statement by Nicolaus Hanowski (ESA)
  • DestinE and Climate Change Adaptation by Christiana Photiadou (European Environment Agency)*
Slides Video
  • Potential benefits of Digital Twins for users in short-term forecast domains Chiara Marsigli (Deutscher Wetterdienst)*
  • Perspectives for policy benefits of DestinE by Andreas Zucker (DG ENER)*
  • Destination Earth in support of the green and digital transition by Gustav Kalbe (DG CNECT)*
Slides Video
  • Q&A



The three entities tasked to implement DestinE – ECMWF, ESA and EUMETSAT – informed stakeholders of implementation progress and plans.

  • General structure by Kathrin Hintze (ESA)
Slides Video
  • Digital Twin Engine by Thomas Geenen (ECMWF)
Slides Video
  • The Digital Twin on weather-induced Extremes by Kristian Pagh Nielsen (Danish Meteorological Service)
  • The Digital Twin on Climate Adaptation by Jenni Kontkanen (CSC)
Slides Video
  • Q&A


Coffee break


Information (continued)

  • The DestinE Data Lake by Michael Schick (EUMETSAT)
Slides Video
  • The DestinE core Service Platform by Ines Sanz Morere (ESA)
Slides Video
  • DestinE Partnership Plan, Use cases and upcoming opportunities by Jörn Hoffmann (ECMWF)
Slides Video
  • Q&A


Panel 1: From Earth System Modelling to Impact

Objective: This panel contributed to a shared understanding on how use cases will (i) demonstrate the benefit of DestinE for users and (ii) serve to guide the development of DestinE towards meeting user needs. The panel focused on early opportunities, i.e., DestinE phase 1, extending to phase 2.


  • David Gustafsson (SMHI)
  • Sami Niemelä (FMI)
  • Marion Schrödter-Homscheidt (DLR)
  • Filip Lefebre (VITO)
  • Femke Vossepoel (TU Delft)
  • Q&A




Visit to Φ-Experience


Panel 2: Interacting with DestinE

Objective: This panel discussed different ways to interact with the DestinE services and related time frame for their implementation. The focus was on technological capabilities, which are either under development or envisaged to be developed within Phase 1, extending to Phase 2.


  • Miruna Stoicescu (EUMETSAT)
  • Rochelle Schneider Dos Santos (ESA)
  • Nils Wedi (ECMWF)
  • Q&A


Coffee break


Panel 3: Community forum

Objective: This panel focused on developing a better understanding of the communities targeted by DestinE in Phase 1, how to engage these communities and how to work together to co-evolve DestinE capabilities moving towards Phase 2.


  • Towards building a vibrant DestinE User Community by Efstratios Stylianidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Destination Earth National Group – Irelands’ coordination mechanism on DestinE by Ines Alonzo (Met Éireann)
  • Supporting decision and policy makers – experiences from the Copernicus Emergency Management Service by Peter Salamon (European Commission, Joint Research Center)
  • Building on communities to foster adoption of Open Science practices in the DestinE initiative by Anne Fouilloux (Simula)
  • Q&A


Closing Remarks


End of Event



February 15
9:00 am CET
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