Ocean Digital Twin

How does Fujitsu plan on creating a digital twin of the ocean?

The Japanese information, communication and technology company has unveiled its ambitious initiative aiming to create a dynamic, interactive model of the ocean that lives and breathes in the digital space.

With the Ocean Digital Twin, Fujitsu is positioning itself at the forefront of environmental technology.

It’s part of Fujitsu’s larger sustainability goals that include carbon neutrality and biodiversity.

Merging the digital and oceanic worlds in ways previously confined to science fiction could empower scientists to better understand, and address, some of the planet’s marine ecosystems most pressing challenges.

The project uses leading-edge laser scanning and AI to extract high-resolution 3D data from marine entities. Autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, scan the ocean habitat with Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR.

Laser light measures distances to the Earth’s surface to generate precise and comprehensive info about object shapes and surfaces. Adapted from a system initially developed for gymnastics judging, LiDAR is widely used across applications like self-driving vehicles, geography, seismology, forestry, and urban planning.

A successful field trial was conducted near Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
According to Fujitsu, the trial proved the tech can accurately map coral reefs.
Fujitsu plans to widen the project’s scope to include other marine organisms and features, especially seaweed.

Scientists are interested in seaweed beds because of their role absorbing blue carbon, which mitigates climate change.

Fujitsu says it wants to support local, corporate and government stakeholders in simulating and predicting environmental changes and the impacts of conservation efforts.

Fujitsu will present detailed results of the field trial at the 2024 Spring Meetings of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science this week.

The Ocean Digital Twin is the latest digital twin project announced aimed at achieving sustainability.

During GTC 2024, Nvidia announced its Earth-2 digital twin platform.