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Scientists Are Building a 'Digital Twin' of the Earth

Scientists Are Building a 'Digital Twin' of the Earth

Scientists are developing a "digital twin" of Earth to help them predict future events related to climate change. The digital version of the entire Earth would allow them to play out entire scenarios to see what would happen, an ETH Zurich press statement explains.

The "digital twin" is described — in research published this month in the journal Nature Climate Change — as an "Earth system simulation" that goes beyond being a big data digital atlas.

The system will use a "methodological framework responsible for exceptional advances in numerical weather prediction," the research paper says.

The aim is for the model to be able to study the impacts of climate policies and other factors before they take effect, allowing them to decide the best route for mitigating the effects of climate change.

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