The ambition of the NFDI4Earth is to further identify the demands for digital changes in the German Earth System Science community to establish a set of common principles, rules and standards for research data management in Earth System Science as well as experimental prototype platforms, operating on distributed resources, and to provide tools and mechanisms for data integration and analysis in a structured community consultation process.
NFDI4Earth addresses digital needs of researchers in Earth System Sciences (ESS). ESS comprise a sizeable number of disciplines and communities with the overarching aim to understand the functioning of all subsystems of the Earth system and their interactions. Pressing global challenges (e.g. climate change, water scarcity, land-use change, environmental pollution, natural hazards) call for intensifying national and international interdisciplinary efforts. Linkages between different subdisciplines and scientific approaches can be substantially strengthened through collaborative research data management (RDM) and knowledge extraction, ultimately leading to a new quality of science. A multitude of observations and model data in very high spatial, temporal and thematic resolutions leads to rapidly increasing data volumes. Thus, describing and assessing Earth system processes, their dependencies, and their changes urgently require workflows that are more efficient as well as more powerful data analytics frameworks. Today, various services to support RDM in ESS exist. However, they are scattered and heterogeneous as well as mostly project based. Consequently, they are lacking long-term perspectives.