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The World’s First Digital Ocean

French company Mercator Ocean International in Toulouse was chosen by Europe to create the world’s first digital ocean. The goal of this ocean is to run simulations to better understand the consequences of human activities on marine environments.

The digital image of the oceans will thus represent a decision-making tool open to all and every country in order to jointly find solutions to the global climate crisis.

With the latest developments in 3D virtualization technologies, it is becoming possible to create a parallel world to ours on supercomputers that would be so true to the original. These digital doubles make it possible to study the evolution of environmental disturbances that amplify under the pressure of human activity. Data from ocean observations, from satellites or from sensors at sea, collected and analyzed by Mercator Ocean International.


MOI is now working on the world’s first digital ocean to predict the impact of global warming on the marine environment and the ocean’s prominent role in climate regulation. This Digital Ocean integrates several components, such as the state of temperature, the level of oxygen, CO2, the presence or absence of ice, the drift of icebergs, the amount of pollutants, the amount of phosphates, the state of biodiversity or the strength of the waves and the sea sea ​​level. This double calculation of the marine environment integrates all the parameters necessary to reproduce the real ocean on a supercomputer.


So it’s a great software that offers a real simulation in which you can navigate in all dimensions and move freely in 3D space but also in time to make predictions. This allows rigorous experiments to be carried out, for example to know what happens when the CO2 level is increased etc.Digital model offers the possibility of knowing how and at what speed the pollution will spread according to its original position, at 10, 50, 100 or even 500 km, from the sea

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