European organization Destination Earth announced the launch of a 10-year program to develop a complete digital model of our planet. It will be a cross between a scientific simulator and a commercial sandbox that will simulate and study various climate-related situations. Who and how will implement such a large-scale project is still unknown - at this stage, a search for interested persons and the necessary resources is underway.
Peter Bauer, Deputy Director of Research at the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, described a typical use case for such a simulator. Let's say you are planning to purchase a land plot in the Netherlands, in an area known to be below the current sea level, and you want to secure it with a dam. Right now, a 2 m high dam is enough for this, but in 20-30 years the situation is likely to change a lot. Therefore, it makes sense to use the services of a simulator and order a personal forecast.
The project is being implemented as part of the global idea of completely eliminating carbon fuels by 2050 - many countries have expressed interest in the concept, but no one has yet figured out how to put it into practice. The ability to simulate in advance various situations that will become the consequences of the solutions proposed now (moreover, in the long term), at least, will save humanity from a number of gross mistakes. It will not help to avoid global warming or the Little Ice Age, but it will become quite possible to prepare for them.