The European Union is finalising plans to build a simulated Earth with a core focus on climate change as it relates to European climate policy. Here is the objective as stated by the European Commission:
“The objective of the Destination Earth initiative is to develop a very high precision digital model of the Earth to monitor and simulate natural and human activity, and to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable development and support European environmental policies.”
Destination Earth will be able to render the Earth’s atmosphere at a resolution of 1km across, which is 50–100 times more sophisticated than typical climate forecast technology, and around 9 times that of even top climate forecasting models. Such cutting edge resolution will no doubt afford the European project a far superior handle on future climate predictions.
In addition to climate data, Destination Earth will accrue information pertaining to human behaviour, and apply these two focal points in combination to predict how people will react to the incoming climate changes, and how this will effect the economy.
Such information will surely come in handy when considering European climate policy. Policymakers will now have access to an educated prediction of how climate change, and climate policy, will impact society.
Destination Earth is expected to be gradually implemented over the next 7–10 years, starting from 2021.