Underlying models for the European Digital Twin Ocean

Deadline: 12 April, 2022
Budget: € 9.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain


  • Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)


Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • A suite of models, including at least a high-resolution global ocean circulation model and coastal models at the land-sea interface ready for configuration and simulation;
  • Interoperable standards and APIs so that the twin models can be interfaced with Copernicus models (coupling, forcing, boundary conditions, …) or external models (hybrid twins) and run in conjunction;
  • Enhanced on-demand ocean forecasting and ocean climate prediction capacities;
  • Scientific toolboxes to be used in a (co-)working virtual environment;
  • Improved capability to support EU legislation on the marine environment;
  • Capacity to support the three priorities of the Mission (biodiversity, zero pollution, zero carbon) and supporting the lighthouses;
  • A sustainable and integrated set of models and services that contribute to and benefit from developments in the Digital Europe Programme, contributing to Destination Earth;
  • Significant contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The outputs of the project should rely on the state of art of science in ocean modelling and digital tools, existing assets at EU level (e.g. from EuroGOOS, Copernicus, EMODnet, Regional Sea Conventions, etc.) and EU and international data management standards.


More information:  funding and tenders section of the ec.europa.eu website