G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

Summit Highlights & Outcomes

4 – 5 May 2022, London, UK,

High-level in-person event with live stream Q&A and Virtual Satellite Events

Thank you to everyone who engaged in the International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit 2022 – both in-person and online. We were taken aback by the level of enthusiasm the event generated and are energised by the stimulating discussions and new ideas that are developing!

Building on the outcomes of the UK G7 Presidency 2021, the UK Government hosted the International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit in London, led by the Digital Twins of the Ocean (DITTO) programme of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, with support from the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative. The Summit was an in-person high-level event with live stream Q&A, and included a programme of virtual satellite events hosted by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany.

This Summit brought  together users, providers / developers, and promoters of digital ocean initiatives to:

  • advance community understanding of digital twins, their applications, and benefits,
  • showcase potential applications of digital twins to address ocean sustainable development and inform policy decisions,
  • inform participants about the state of the art, share knowledge and best practice,
  • document ongoing and planned activities,
  • promote co-design of digital twins and establish community activities, and
  • provide recommendations to achieve a Digital Twin Framework of the Ocean by 2030.

If you have any questions, please contact DITTO.oceandecade@gmail.com and we will endeavour to respond.

Photos from the summit can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ATHkrVqNZ2gwzDqe7. If you use photos in communications or publications, please acknowledge the owner.

China has announced plans to host the DITTO Summit in 2023, preliminarily planned in association with Xiamen’s World Ocean Week, in November 2023. Updates will be shared through the DITTO newsletter.

  • John Siddorn, National Oceanography Centre, UK, Co-Chair
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Germany, Co-Chair
  • Pierre Bahurel, Mercator Ocean International, France
  • Enrique Alvarez, Mercator Ocean International
  • Patrick Heimbach, the University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Magdalena Drozdz, Fugro, Netherlands
  • Sigrid Keiser, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Ann-Christine Zinkann, NOAA, USA
  • Katy Hill, G7 FSOI, UK
  • Maria Hood, G7 FSOI, France
  • John Siddorn, NOC, UK
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Colin Devey, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Chari Pattiarachi, UWA, Australia
  • Jorn Schmidt,  ICES, Germany
  • Pier Luigi Buttigieg, AWI, Germany
  • David Millar, Fugro, USA
  • Haruka Nishikawa, JAMSTEC, Japan
  • Daisuke Matsuoka, JAMSTEC, Japan
  • Nadia Pinardi,  U. Bologna, Italy
  • Andrey Kostianoy, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Russia
  • Kim Juniper, OceanNetworks, Canada
  • Nicolas Segebarth, European Commission, EU
  • Fei Chai, SIO, China
  • Marjolaine Krug, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries,  South Africa
  • Monica Muelbert, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil
  • Jing Li, ECOP/CLIVAR, China
  • Dawn Wright, ESRI, USA

In parallel to the Summit in London, GEOMAR is coordinating a worldwide series of satellite virtual events. Each individual event has the objective to support the engagement and advancement of actions in the broad area of Digital Twins of the Ocean. The formats range from short informal meetings to many hours-long hackathons, from local consultations to regional or global workshops, with invited speaker or simple open discussion fora.

The list of satellite event can be found here: ditto.geomar.de/events.html