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Dr. Joanna Staneva

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Germany

About the speaker:

Dr. Joanna Staneva is a Senior Researcher, and Head of the Department of Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation at Institute for Coastal Systems, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Germany, and a topic coordinator in wave modelling. She has a postdoctoral experience in ocean modelling at University of Sofia and National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Bulgaria; in ecosystem dynamics and coupling biogeochemistry and ocean models at Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium; in climate modelling and data assimilation at Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany; and in marine ecology, coastal hydro- and sediment dynamics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. She published in peer review journals and participated in numerous national and international projects. She is a member of different editorial and scientific boards and a reviewer of scientific programmers, projects, and scientific journals.

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About keynote speech:
Advancing Marine Sustainability through Digital Twin What-If Scenarios

Digitalization, particularly through the utilization of digital twins of the ocean, can play a significant role in advancing the sustainable development of the marine environment. The Digital Twin (DT) creates a digital replica of the ocean, enabling testing of various What-If scenarios, such as the impacts of sea level rise, Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), as well as the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation plans. DTs provide insights into ocean conditions, ecosystems, and human effects, guiding decisions for sustainable resource use. DT-based What-If scenarios foster cooperation among stakeholders in shared oceanic spaces, enabling data-driven decisions and collaboration. This platform serves for decision-making and management strategies aimed at fostering the sustainable utilization of ocean resources. Such an application is a Digital Twin strategy in designed experiments for nature-based solutions. It can be employed to evaluate the effects of sea level rise and wave actions on seagrass meadows; and evaluate different management approaches to enhance resilience, while assessing diverse management tactics for bolstering resilience. We demonstrate how Digital twins of the coastal ocean can contribute by aiding decision-making through the use of Whar-If scenarios for coastal protection against erosion and sediment transport by sea level rise, while also ensuring the preservation of coastal biodiversity. By monitorin and optimizing solutions through digital twins, effectiveness and long-term sustainability are heightened, necessitating collaborative efforts for coastline protection and ecosystem preservation.

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