In the European landscape of marine and ocean data management great progress has been made during three decades with developing standards, services, and establishing dedicated infrastructures. These infrastructures provide services for discovery and access to collected marine in-situ and remote sensing data and for ensuring long term stewardship.

This has resulted in establishing leading European marine data management infrastructures such as COPERNICUS C3S, COPERNICUS CMEMS, ELIXIR-ENA, EMODnet, Euro-Argo, Argo GDAC, EuroBioImaging, EurOBIS, ICOS-Marine and SeaDataNet.

Blue-Cloud aims at federating these infrastructures to create a trusted virtual space where scientists can access the ocean data, tools, services and research outputs they need to perform research in a more efficient way.

The pilot Blue-Cloud project will federate initially the following
10 blue data infrastructures.

A Roadmap for expansion to other infrastructures is foreseen by 2022.
 

 


 

EcoTaxa

EcoTaxa is a web application dedicated to the visual exploration and the taxonomic annotation of images that illustrate the beauty of planktonic biodiversity. EcoTaxa was born from the experience developed at Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) regarding the quantitative, highthroughput imaging of plankton and of the Oceanomics project which covered the exploitation of data collected during the Tara Oceans cruise, including quantitative imaging. It is now developed mainly through the WWWPIC project funded by the Belmont Forum and as part of the Blue-Cloud project.

ELIXIR-ENA

The European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) provides a comprehensive open record of the world's nucleotide sequencing information and a platform for the management and analysis of sequence and related data. Covering raw sequencing data, sequence assembly information, functional annotation and a host of further data types, content is measured in millions of taxa, hundreds of thousands of sequenced libraries and petabytes of storage. ENA is operated by the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL – EBI). ENA is designated by the ELIXIR infrastructure both as a Core Data Resource, and a Deposition Database.

EMODnet Bathymetry

The European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet) connects a network of over 150 organisations supported by the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy who work together to observe the sea, process the data according to international standards and make that information freely available as interoperable data layers and data products.

EMODnet Chemistry

The EMODnet Chemistry is a portal, operated and further developed by a European partnership. This comprises members of the SeaDataNet consortium together with organisations from marine science, environmental monitoring agencies, regional sea conventions, ICES, EEA, chemical experts, and others.
EMODnet Chemistry is also a thematic EMODnet portal. 

EuroArgo - Argo

The EuroArgo ERIC allows active coordination and strengthening of the European contribution to the international Argo program. Its main objectives are to provide, deploy and operate the European contribution to the global array of Argo floats (currently around 800 floats, ¼ of the global array) and an enhanced coverage of European seas, to expand towards biogeochemistry, greater depths and high latitudes and to provide access to quality-controlled data and derived products.

EuroBioImaging

EuroBioImaging is an EU ESFRI Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. It provides access to a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists. In addition, it offers image data support and training for users and providers. It consists of 29 geographically distributed Node Candidates (specialised imaging facilities) and 36 imaging technologies are offered.

EurOBIS – EMODnet Biology

EurOBIS was developed by the Flanders Marine Institute in 2004, within the framework of the MarBEF project (MARine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning). It brings together biogeographic data collected within European marine waters, or by European researchers and institutes outside Europe. It focuses on taxonomy and distribution records in space and time and offers a number of online tools to easily query and visualise the data. 

 

ICOS – Marine

ICOS is an international organisation of thirteen European member countries and over 130 greenhouse gas measurement stations aimed at quantifying and understanding the greenhouse gas balance of Europe and neighbouring regions. ICOS data is made available at the Carbon Portal, a one-stop shop for all ICOS data products. The Ocean Thematic Centre is one of four central facilities within the European research infrastructure Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS).

SeaDataNet

SeaDataNet is a major pan-European infrastructure for managing, indexing and providing access to marine data sets and data products, acquired by European organisations from research cruises and other observational activities in European coastal marine waters, regional seas and the global ocean. Founding partners are National Oceanographic Centres (NODCs), major marine research institutes, UNESCO-IOC, ICES, and EC-JRC.

WEkEO

WEkEO is one of the 5 Copernicus DIAS (Data and Information Access Services). The overarching objective of DIAS is to enhance access to Copernicus data and information for further use in an efficient computing environment implementing the paradigm of “bringing the user to the data”, as one condition for unlocking the potential value of Copernicus for innovation, science, new business, implementation of public policies and economic growth. WEkEO is the service for marine environmental data, virtual environments for data processing, and skilled user support.