Destination Earth Use Case to Improve Air Quality Forecasts During Extreme Weather Events
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has tasked a team of scientists from IEK-8 and JSC at Forschungszentrum Jülich with developing an interactive air quality forecasting system and an assessment tool for their DestinE digital twin model of the Earth. The scientists are working on a web-based user interface that will provide high-resolution air quality analyses and forecasts based on machine learning methods as well as on the chemistry transport model EURAD-IM, which was developed in collaboration with Forschungszentrum Jülich. The EURAD-IM model has the significant advantage of providing daily forecasts and analyses of air quality in Europe with a horizontal resolution of one kilometre. The machine learning applications and data analysis tools for air quality issues will be integrated into the various components of the digital twin that ECMWF is building on behalf of the European Union. The overall system will be developed with a degree of flexibility, making it possible to test and implement the system’s transferability to other European EuroHPC supercomputers.
The project – called DE370C – is being developed in cooperation with the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the North Rhine-Westphalia Office of Nature, Environment, and Consumer Protection (LANUV) as core users. It is set to run for 16 months. Destination Earth is an EU-funded initiative and is being implemented by ECMWF, ESA, and EUMETSAT (see https://www.ecmwf.int/destine for details).
Contact: Sabine Schröder