Berlin Summit for EVE — Summit Statement

The summary statement of the Berlin Summit for Earth Virtualization Engines (EVE) issues an impassioned call for international cooperation to advance science and technology so that “Everyone knows how climate and climate change affect them, and where this knowledge empowers them to act”. The Summit Statement, developed and signed by the summit’s participants, succinctly outlines how inadequacies and injustices in how climate information is developed and shared is leaving lives and livelihoods unnecessarily vulnerable to climate change.

The Summit Statement calls for an international effort to fund a federation of 3-5 international centers of excellence. EVE centers would each leverage international cooperation, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence to create manifestly better multi-decadal km-scale global climate projections. In addition, EVE’s centers would jointly develop a digital commons, to link their projections to an existing ecosystem of climate data and services, to open the use of the data, and bring interactivity to the use of the ensuing information.

Bjorn Stevens, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, and one of the initiators of the Berlin Summit for EVE says “EVE has a tremendous potential to stimulate climate science and to greatly strengthen existing climate services, to better prepare communities all over the world for the reality of climate change. There is a tendency to see EVE in opposition to existing activities, but that is a mistake. EVE just fills a giant hole in how we approach climate science and service. And by doing so EVE allows us to do everything we are already doing that much better, and to do so together in ways that are sustainable, effective, and just.”

The Summit Statement is the outcome of three days of working meetings by the participants of the Berlin Summit for EVE. Its 141 signatories include some of the most distinguished climate scientists, climate-service provisioners, leaders from the technology and a burgeoning climate information startup sector, and experts in the social dimension of climate change. Participants hailed from more than twenty countries, every continent, and all career stages. The three-days of intensive discussions took a preliminary document, which had been widely circulated and discussed, and two days of keynotes, as their impetus. The keynotes, from a diverse and prominent list of speakers, challenged the participants to reconcile the enormous potential of new technologies with large and growing global inequalities, all compounded daily by the injustices of climate change. Summit participants responded to this challenge, as reflected in the Summit Statement and a list of FAQs that they polished and finalized over the two week period after the meeting.

What’s Next? The summit statement will be presented at the Open Science Conference in Kigali Rwanda in October, and presented for consideration at the COP28 at the end of the year. According to Stevens, if all goes well funding to develop an implementation plan and governance structure could be in place by early 2024.

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Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
bjorn.stevens@we dont want