Digital Twins of the Ocean (DITTO)

Digital Twins of the Ocean (DITTO)

Digital Twins of the Ocean (DITTO) 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University – Germany

DITTO will establish and advance a digital framework on which all marine data, modelling and simulation along with AI algorithms and specialized tools including best practice will enable shared capacity to access, manipulate, analyse, and visualise marine information.

It will enable users and partners to create ocean related development scenarios addressing issues such as energy, mining, fisheries, tourism, and nature-based solutions. Digital-Twins can quantify benefits and environmental change and provide powerful visualizations. DITTO will empower ocean professionals including scientific users to create their own local or topical digital twins of ‘their ocean issue’ by using standard workflows.

Start Date: 01/07/2021
End Date: 30/06/2026

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Projects:

The Caspian Sea Digital Twin

Interoperability Architecture for a Digital Ocean

Beyond One Ocean Health

Haig Fras Marine Protected Area Digital Twin

Pilot Digital Twins for Water Pollution in Africa

Lead Contact: Martin Visbeck (


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