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ESA Challenge- Digital Twin Earth 2021

The ESA Digital Twin Earth Challenge seeks to stimulate entries that can help visualise, monitor and forecast natural, societal, economic and industrial activities and trends on the planet, paving the way for the carbon-neutral economy and reinforcing Europe’s commitment to the Green Deal. A digital twin is a virtual replica or a simulation of a physical system or system components. The ESA Digital Twin Earth Challenge (ESA DTE Challenge) aims to stimulate applications that can demonstrate how to derive granular and reliable information about past, present and future changes in the Earth system using Earth observation data in combination with state-of-the-art technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Cloud Computing.



Submissions are welcome addressing key societal challenges, including:

  • Resilient Blue & Green Infrastructures

  • Food Security

  • Climate Adaptation

  • Health and Well Being

  • Pollution Monitoring and Prevention

The submissions to this challenge will be evaluated based on the potential for technological feasibility combining these different technologies, rather than their maturity, and addressing key building blocks of the DTE.


Rewards 2021

Cash Prize The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 10,000. Satellite Data Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by the European Commission).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner


Evaluation Criteria


Submissions to the ESA Copernicus Digital Twin Earth Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:

Innovation Is the idea innovative with respect to the market offer? Does it improve current products or services? Or does it deliver "breakthrough" innovation, combining new technologies, new trends, behaviours and new business models? Copernicus Relevance What is the role of Copernicus data? What is the connection to the existing Copernicus Services (inline? evolution? expansion?)? Technical Feasibility Is it technically sound and implementable at scale? Is the engineering approach credible? Market Viability Index Does the solution have real market potential? How many users can be reached?

Impact Index What is the significance and potentially transformative contribution to the Digital Twin Earth Concept? How well are the key policy priority areas addressed?


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