Blue-Cloud: the European marine thematic platform to explore and demonstrate the potential of Open Science for ocean sustainability

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was launched by the European Commission in 2016 to provide a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and disciplines. Within this framework, Blue-Cloud, as the "Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative" of EU HORIZON 2020 programme, is the thematic EOSC for the marine domain, serving the Blue Economy, Marine Environment and Marine Knowledge agendas.

Blue-Cloud delivers a collaborative virtual environment to enhance FAIR and Open Science. Started in October 2019, Blue-Cloud is deploying a cyber platform with smart federation of an unprecedented wealth of multidisciplinary data repositories, analytical tools, and computing facilities to explore and demonstrate the potential of cloud-based Open Science and address ocean sustainability, UN Ocean Decade, and G7 Future of the Oceans objectives.

Blue-Cloud federates leading European marine Research infrastructures (SeaDataNet, EurOBIS, Euro-ARGO, ICOS, SOCAT, ENA, EMODnet, CMEMS) and e-Infrastructures (EUDAT, D4Science, WEkEO DIAS), allowing researchers to combine, reuse, and share quality data across disciplines and countries. The federation takes place at the levels of data, computing and analytical service resources.

Obectives

  • Build and demonstrate a pilot Blue-Cloud by combining distributed marine data resources, computing platforms, and analytical services
  • Develop services geared to support research to better understand & manage the many aspects of ocean sustainability
  • Develop and validate a number of demonstrators of relevance for marine societal challenges
  • Formulate a roadmap for the expansion and sustainability of the Blue-Cloud infrastructure and services

The Blue-Cloud project federates leading European marine data management infrastructures (SeaDataNet, EurOBIS, Euro-Argo, Argo GDAC, EMODnet, ENA, SOCAT, Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service CMEMS, Copernicus Climate Change Service C3S, and ICOS-Marine), and horizontal e-infrastructures (EUDAT, DIAS, D4Science) to capitalise on what already exists and to develop and deploy the “Blue Cloud” framework. The federation will be at the level of data resources, computing resources and analytical service resources.
 

 

A Blue-Cloud data discovery and access service will be developed as an overarching service to facilitate smart sharing of multi-disciplinary datasets with human and machine users. A Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) will orchestrate the computing and analytical services in specific integrated and managed applications that through the same VRE use the federated Blue-Cloud data resources in addition to external data resources. 

Demonstrators

The Blue-Cloud innovation potential will be explored and unlocked by developing five dedicated demonstrators as Virtual Labs co-designed with top-level marine researchers. 

Through the Blue Cloud Platform, the Virtual Labs will provide services such as access to datasets, products and computation routines that can be exploited to analyse datasets and (re)generate research products. 

The Blue-Cloud Demonstrators will showcase how the Blue Cloud can shorten the time span between research and innovation in the blue economy field.

Behind Blue-Cloud

The Blue-Cloud consortium brings together leading, European, marine-data infrastructures and EOSC horizontal e-infrastructures. The project is coordinated by Trust-IT Services and technically coordinated by MARIS. An influential External Stakeholders Experts Board & an Expert Foresight Group supports the project.

Blue-Cloud addresses the IA ‘The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative’ (BG-07-2019-2020) for the following topic: [A] 2019 - Blue Cloud services.

 

More about Blue-Cloud on CORDIS.