Understanding the forces shaping biodiversity is needed for rational management of natural resources and also key to meeting the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to restore biodiversity in Europe. This can be an extremely difficult task as the processes underlying biodiversity dynamics are complex. Innovative ways to combine data, models and interaction processes are required to predict these dynamics and offer solutions that promote sustainable management of Earth’s biodiversity and its ecosystems
The 22-partner strong consortium aims to push the current boundaries of a predictive understanding of biodiversity dynamics by developing a Biodiversity Digital Twin (BioDT) providing advanced modelling, simulation and prediction capabilities. By exploiting existing technologies and data from relevant research infrastructures in new ways, BioDT will be able to accurately and quantitatively model interactions between species and their environment.
BioDT will provide a crucial infrastructure to drive long-term biodiversity research and facilitate science-driven policy and rapid-response actions to enforce current commitments to protecting biodiversity in the long term.
Trust-IT leads the Work Package on Communication, Dissemination, Sustainability and Impact, by developing, updating and implementing the communication, dissemination & exploitation strategy for BioDT, carrying out the related activities, encompassing all digital, web and social media presence.
This includes the organisation and execution of workshops and events with key stakeholders of the project for widening the user base, and creating impact and project results’ sustainability beyond the consortium boundaries to promote innovation.
BioDT brings together a dynamic team of experts in biodiversity, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, digital twinning, and FAIR data to develop the first BioDT prototype. The scientific expertise and existing datasets from four major biodiversity research infrastructures (GBIF, eLTER, DiSSCo, and LifeWatch ERIC) will bring life to BioDT, allowing for coverage of several application domains such as environmental and earth science, climate science, ecology, biology, genomics, natural history, biodiversity informatics, computer sciences, and mathematics/statistics.
BioDT and its infrastructure will become an integral component of the Destination Earth initiative and actively participate in its ambition to realise a full Digital Twin of the Earth. The long-term objectives of BioDT are also tightly interconnected with the EC vision for a robust, federated European computing and data infrastructure and initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and EuroHPC.
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