On 30 March, the European Commission together with partner organisations launched the ‘Destination Earth’-initiative to help tackle climate change. The goal of ‘Destination Earth’ is to develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth that will help monitor, model and predict natural and human activity, and develop and test scenarios for more sustainable development. High-quality information, digital services, models, scenarios, forecasts and visualisations will be provided first to public sector users and then gradually to scientific communities, the private sector, and the general public. The European Space Agency, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites will publish tenders for acquiring various components to be integrated into the Destination Earth system in the spring of 2022.
Independent scientific and technological expertise will be provided through the Strategic Advisory Board, which will start its activities in the second quarter of 2022. Tasks of the Strategic Advisory Board will include assisting the Commission in relation to the implementation of existing Union legislation, programmes and policies and provide advice and expertise to DG CNECT regarding the direction and further development of the Destination Earth initiative.