Rapid climate change is imposing an increasing burden on European health, society, and economy. To combat the environmental challenges, the European Commission, together with partnering organizations – EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, ESA, the European Space Agency, agency, and ECMWF, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, has launched a ground-breaking initiative – Destination Earth (DestinE). Its long-term goal is to develop a digital replica of the Earth that will enable to model all the Earth’s ecosystems in a highly accurate manner helping monitor natural and human activities, predict weather and climate phenomena, as well as test scenarios for more sustainable developments. The key elements of DestinE will include:
- Core Service Platform operated by ESA
- DestinE Data Lake managed by EUMETSAT
- Digital Twins managed by ECMWF
Within the initiative, EUMETSAT is responsible for developing a multi-cloud Data Lake including design, establishment, testing, operations, and provision of an online inventory of massive amounts of data that are the core foundation of Destination Earth (DestinE). The data will come from EUMETSAT’s own Earth observation satellite systems, ESA missions, Copernicus Sentinel satellites, ECMWF, and other relevant European data providers.
We are proud to be one of the trusted entities that will implement this important European initiative. Destination Earth will provide users with near-real-time data and insights into weather and climate, as well as seamless access to a multi-cloud Data Lake infrastructure. CloudFerro was chosen as the industrial prime to build this infrastructure.
- says Lothar Wolf, Destination Earth Programme Manager at EUMETSAT.
As a prime contractor for EUMETSAT, CloudFerro is responsible for coordinating the Data Lake project, the delivery of cloud infrastructure (Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service), Big Data processing, and service operations and maintenance. The company will collaborate with two European partners – CS Group responsible for the area of discovery and data access, and EODC in charge of Big Data processing.
The Data Lake environment that CloudFerro is developing and will operate, will include approx. 55 PB of data stored within private clouds located in data centers across Europe. These data centers are also locations of powerful computing facilities of the EuroHPC project that can take part in digital modeling. Data Lake will provide seamless access to all DestinE user-required data. The repository will be available from a large number of external data spaces, Digital Twins, or applications residing on the DestinE Core Service Platform, regardless of data type and location. In general, the Data Lake service is expected to establish a scalable service framework that enables federation with different data spaces, as well as the provision of computing and storage services close to DestinE's data.
We are very proud that EUMETSAT has chosen CloudFerro as the prime contractor to provide services for such an ambitious European initiative. We will contribute our technology, resources, and know-how gained at many previous projects delivered for EUMETSAT and other leading European and national institutions, such as ESA, ECMWF, or German Aerospace Agency DLR. Next to Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem, this is another large-scale European initiative that we are collaborating on, which demonstrates our capabilities to provide high-quality scalable services of specialized cloud-based platforms.
– says Maciej Krzyżanowski, the CEO of CloudFerro.
DestinE is part of the European Commission’s Digital Europe program. It is also supported by Horizon Europe and other relevant European and national initiatives in the area of research and innovation. The Commission plans to deliver the first DestinE services by 2024, initially to be used by the public sector. A fully implemented system will be completed within 7-10 years to also serve scientists, researchers, the private sector, and the general public.