The Horizon 2020 project Blue-Cloud has developed a web-based environment in support of FAIR and Open Science in the marine domain, providing researchers with enhanced analytical capabilities and cloud-computing resources, underpinned by simplified access to a wealth of multidisciplinary and interoperable marine data services.
The platform hosts several thematic Virtual Labs focusing on a range of topics relevant to key European initiatives such as the EU Green Deal and the new EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters.
- environmental protection
- External event
The Blue-Cloud platform federates data and services from existing European marine data infrastructures and e-infrastructures within the Blue-Cloud framework, enabling researchers to find, access, share, combine and reuse quality data across disciplines and countries.
In this EU Green Week Partner Event, after a brief introduction of the Blue-Cloud services, we will present three practical use cases from the international marine research community that were awarded at the recent Blue-Cloud Hackathon 2022. These applications are currently exploiting the Blue-Cloud platform to expand and improve digital solutions for a range of crucial global challenges.
Draft agenda (60 minutes)
- 10' Welcome and brief Blue - Cloud introduction
- 12' The Particle Trackers - Sea Clearly
Sea Clearly uses a particle-tracking framework (OceanParcels) which has previously largely been used in research to understand the transport of plastic in the ocean.
We are now aiming to form the link between academia and other stakeholders to find solutions for ocean challenges.
Combining ocean plastic particle-tracking, locations of aquaculture farms and gaining input from end-users/stakeholders to improve food security is therefore the innovative aspect of our project.
Furthermore, any innate pollutants that travel with the currents can be modelled (e.g. toxins, nutrients, aquaculture food).
Our pilot project is located in the Mediterranean, however our model can be applied to any marine location around the globe, making it a geographically-diverse initiative.
Longer-term plans could also include gaining knowledge from local communities to integrate their knowledge of pollutant effects on the marine environment.
- 12' AqADAPT - PerfeCt
PerfeCt integrates a process-based modelling of fish growth built upon Dynamic Energy Budget theory, as well as an innovative index to identify the risk of vibriosis disease, into a user-friendly GIS framework.
By doing so, it transforms science-based results/conclusions to easily accessible and understandable information useful for aquaculture managers, investors and policy makers, thus creating a valuable link between R&D and industry.
Further development of the platform will enable easy inclusion of local knowledge, in particular temperature time series, into the existing framework.
- 12' Marine Wildlife Tracker - The Wildlife Tracker for Oceans
The “Wildlife Tracker for Oceans” is bringing the opportunity to understand life in the ocean.
This geo-framework is innovative in the way that it gives real-time visualisation and analysis of datasets that come directly from satellite feed.
The workflow starts in Argos and ends in a graphic map animation of data.
The idea of adding Phytoplankton biomass concentration gives marine scientists and policymakers support in the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by discovering the purpose of migration of marine megafauna.
- 15' Q&A + Interactive poll
To raise awareness of non-exhaust emissions and their role in reaching the EU’s zero pollution ambition, to discuss the latest research on the costs of this particular form of air pollution, and to share positive developments and potential solutions.