Workbenches for Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs)

A number of data-intensive Workbenches for selected Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) are being developed and tested in Blue-Cloud 2026. Ocean and data scientists will implement efficient workflows that allow them to harmonise, validate and qualify large and various in situ data sources, exploiting the blue analytical services available in the Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment.

The modular architecture of the Blue-Cloud VRE is scalable and sustainable, being fit for connecting additional e-infrastructures, implementing and integrating more and advanced blue analytical services, configuring more dedicated Virtual Labs, and targeting broader (groups of) users. Workbenches are among the new ways explored in Blue-Cloud 2026 for adopting additional cloud storage, cloud computing, deep learning and neural networks for supporting big data processes for validation, extraction, interpolation and product generation.

The Big Data Workbenches can be adopted by EMODnet, Copernicus Marine Service and selected Research Infrastructures for producing at a regular interval a set of harmonised and validated data collections for a selection of EOVs in physics, chemistry and biology, highly relevant for analysing the state of the environment and improving the numerical simulations of the planned Digital Twin Ocean.

Ecosystem-level EOVs

Enhancing plankton data quality & accessibility via EMODnet, EurOBIS & ELIXIR for better insights.

Eutrophication: chlorophyll, nutrients, oxygen

Creating an efficient workflow to merge data from Copernicus, EMODnet, World Ocean Database & key EU RIs for precise eutrophication EOV datasets.

Physics: temperature & salinity

Cloud-based workflow generates customisable EOV data for Mediterranean from EU & non-EU sources.