Heraklion Port Authority – Greece

Coastal Crete will be the first Greek digital twin of the sea, providing the information services for the safe use of the marine space and detailed forecasts, early warning systems (extreme waves in this too), optimization of ship routing (to reduce CO2 emissions), and dealing with environmental risks as well as real-time field data.

It’s part from the development of a high-precision Digital Twin for the Earth (DTE), which will monitor and simulate natural and human processes and activities and will predict their effects with the aim of drastically reducing CO2 emissions and more.

The archipelago representation will provide high-precision predictions and simulations of changes in sea state due to climate change and anthropogenic activities.

The digital twin will give simulations of changes at the sea due to climate changes and anthropogenic activities and interventions, operational forecasts, extreme phenomenon early warning (e.g., for marine pollution). It is aimed at users of the marine space, such as ports, fishermen, aquaculture, port authorities, shippers, hydrocarbon mining/exploitation companies, active in coastal and maritime tourism and European/national policy makers for blue growth and the blue economy.

In order to develop a complete representation of the sea and its mechanisms, combining field data collection for oceanographic variables (sea drafts, temperature, salinity, nutrients, plastics), there would be installation of local monitoring systems, existing European databases, satellite remote sensing, predictive oceanographic models, and modern computing infrastructures.

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