Digital Twins

Animations that reveal how ECMWF is using digital twins of Earth to understand the future of extreme weather and climate change.


A sci-fi style graphic of Earth, with two half sections of Earth either side at the edge of the image. Over each other is a sci-fi looking mesh with some grid squares colourd in some places.

What if we could simulate the Earth so accurately, we could peek into its future? ECMWF is exploring that question. Pushing the boundaries of today’s technology using a level of supercomputing that had previously been impossible.

We’d already helped ECMWF introduce their Digital Twin technology through the launch of the Destination Earth programme website. For this follow-up project, we were asked to produce an animation that could dig deeper, and explore two specific ‘Twins’, one simulating extreme weather events, the other, climate change scenarios.

The design had to match the futuristic technology behind Destination Earth. So we combined a carefully curated palette of colours, grids, and stylistic effects like glows, to make the visuals look like they were lifted from a sci-fi user-interface.

The final 2-minute video combines visuals, text and sound effects into an easily digestible explainer of these planet-sized concepts.

A set of illustrations used in the Digital Twins video. On the left are several icons like a lighbulb, calendar, cog. On the right are small panels of illustrated landscapes including hills with rain, farmland and forests.
An image of a jet turbine cut up into six cross sectional slices in front of an Earth with a sci-fi mesh over the top of it.
An image of a jet turbine cut up into six cross sectional slices, spread apart to see each slice contains sci-fi style machinery.
An illustration of a landscape with hills, a farmhouse, an ocean and electricity pylons.

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