Digital Earth is a visionary concept for the virtual representation of the Earth that is spatially referenced, interconnected with the world’s digital knowledge archives, and encompassing all its systems and forms, including Earth Sciences and human societies.

The GENESI-DEC (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations - Digital Earth Community) project established open data and services access, allowing European and worldwide Digital Earth Communities to seamlessly access, produce and share data, information, products and knowledge.

Big Data

Project Outcomes

Senegal Dust Storm

Sand and dust from the Sahara
Photo: ESA

This created a multi-dimensional, multi-temporal, and multi-layer information facility of huge value in addressing global challenges such as biodiversity, climate change, pollution and economic development.

The results of the GENESI-DEC project:

  • enlarge the GENESI-DR (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations - Digital Repositories) infrastructures in terms of both resources availability and geographical extent;
  • provide guaranteed, reliable, easy, effective access to a variety of data, facilities, and applications to an ever increasing number of users;
  • enable multidisciplinary collaboration among communities and the creation of user-configured virtual research facilities;
  • integrate new scientific and technological paradigms in operational infrastructures in response to the latest Digital Earth requirements;
  • harmonise operations at selected key infrastructures limiting fragmentation of solutions;
  • assure that the access to data and resources while being homogeneous is secure and controlled (according to provider policies); and
  • stimulate, educate and support the creation of virtual research communities.

GENESI-DEC involved key partners of ESFRI projects and collaborates with key actors of Digital Earth and Earth Science initiatives, including the International Society of Digital Earth and GEOSS.

Project Fact Sheet

The GENESI-DEC project was a 24 month project funded by the EC FP7 framework programme.

Coordinator: European Space Agency (ESA), France

European emblem GENESI-DEC has received EC research funding.