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Nvidia, Lockheed Martin to build global weather digital twin for NOAA

23 November 2022
Using AI and ML, Lockheed and Nvidia will work to form a platform for NOAA for extreme weather events and normal patterns. Source: Nvidia

To monitor current global environmental conditions, Lockheed Martin will collaborate with Nvidia to build an artificial intelligence (AI) digital twin of current global weather conditions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The digital twin will also monitor for extreme weather events. The companies will demonstrate one of the data pipelines — sea surface temperature — in September of next year.

Why a digital twin

NOAA received terabytes of data about its five Earth domains: the cryosphere, land, atmosphere, space weather and ocean. These are from numerous space and Earth-based sensors that researchers must collect, combine and analyze to understand environmental conditions and changes.

Nvidia and Lockheed’s Earth Observations Digital Twin will provide NOAA with high-resolution, accurate and timely depiction of global conditions using both satellite and ground observations.

How it works

The OpenRosetta3D platform from Lockheed will use AI and machine learning to ingest, format and fuse observations from multiple sources into a gridded data product and detect anomalies. Nvidia’s Omniverse Nucleus will be used to convert data into a framework to be shared across multiple tools and between researchers.

Finally, Lockheed Martin’s Agatha visualization platform will be used to ingest the data from Omniverse Nucleus and allow users to interact with an Earth-centric 3D environment.

The two companies have already collaborated on an effort to fight wildfires to help better detect, predict and suppress them once they first break out.

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