DTO-BioFlow represented at the Digital Ocean Forum 2024

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DTO-BioFlow’s scientific coordinator Carlota Muniz was invited to participate in a panel at the Digital Ocean Forum 2024. This high-level event was organized by the European Commission under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU on 13 June 2024, and took place at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Belgium.

The focus of this DOF edition was the unveiling of the prototype of the European Digital Twin of the Ocean (EU DTO), a pioneering digital platform powered by the two key EU marine data services EMODnet and Copernicus Marine via the EDITO-Infra project. Showcased were the capabilities of the EU DTO as a Commission public service, building on existing EU marine data service capability, and demonstrating the European DTO's role as an additional asset to drive applications and solutions for ocean resource management, ocean and climate change and a green transition and sustainable operations for the Blue Economy. 

In a panel titled “Digital Twin Ocean: a game changer for Ocean knowledge and action”, during the session “Exploring the capabilities of the European Digital Twin Ocean”, Carlota Muniz highlighted the contributions of the DTO-BioFlow project to the EU DTO. 

A considerable volume of biodiversity monitoring data is still not finding its way into the data system. DTO-BioFlow aims to deliver biodiversity monitoring data as well as new types of data from new types of biodiversity monitoring systems (e.g. animal biologging) to the EU DTO. Current biodiversity monitoring technologies are able to produce data at high spatial and temporal resolution, which is critical to ocean modelling. DTO-BioFlow will build new data pipelines to the EU DTO.” - Carlota Muñiz

DTO-BioFlow is a Horizon Europe project that will unlock “sleeping” biodiversity data enabling the sustained flow of these and new data via primary integrators and EMODnet into the EU DTO. It will create a digital replica of marine biological processes transforming new and existing data flows into evidence-based knowledge. 


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