SeaDataCloud - Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data management


The SeaDataNet pan-European infrastructure has been developed by NODCs and major research institutes from 34 countries. Over 100 marine data centres are connected and provide discovery and access to data resources for all European researchers. Moreover, SeaDataNet is a key infrastructure driving several portals of the European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet), initiated by EU DG-MARE for Marine Knowledge, MSFD, and Blue Growth. SeaDataNet complements the Copernicus Marine Environmental Monitoring Service (CMEMS), coordinated by EU DG-GROW. However, more effective and convenient access is needed to better support European researchers. The standards, tools and services developed must be reviewed and upgraded to keep pace with demand, such as developments of new sensors, and international and IT standards. Also EMODnet and Copernicus pose extra challenges to boost performance and foster INSPIRE compliance. More data from more data providers must be made available, from European and international research projects and observing programmes. SeaDataCloud aims at considerably advancing SeaDataNet services and increasing their usage, adopting cloud and HPC technology for better performance. More users will be engaged and for longer sessions by including advanced services in a Virtual Research Environment. Researchers will be empowered with a collection of services and tools, tailored to their specific needs, supporting marine research and enabling generation of added-value products. Data concern the wide range of in situ observations and remote sensing data. To have access to the latest cloud technology and facilities, SeaDataNet will cooperate with EUDAT, a network of computing infrastructures that develop and operate a common framework for managing scientific data across Europe. SeaDataCloud will improve services to users and data providers, optimise connecting data centres and streams, and interoperate with other European and international networks.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Nadia Pinardi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Ifremer-Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'Exploitation De La Mer (France)

Other Participants:
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Sce Hydrograh Oceanographique Marine (France)
Awi Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Polar Und Meeresforschung (Germany)
Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (Greece)
Deltares Enabling Delta Life (Netherlands)
Instituto Hidrografico (Portugal)
Sveriges Meteorologiska Och Hydrologiska Institut (Sweden)
Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique (Belgium)
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE Directorate F-Health, Consumers and Reference Materials (Belgium)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
ENEA - CR CASACCIA -CAS-RAG. - s.p. 083 (Italy)
Mariene Informatie Service Maris Bv (Netherlands)
P.P. Shirshov Institute Of Oceanology Of Russian Academy Of Sciences (Russian Federation)
• All-Russian Research Institute Of Hydrometeorological Information-World Data Centre (Russian Federation)
Greek Research And Technology Network S.A. (Greece)
Marine Institute (Mi) (Ireland)
Instytut Meteorologii I Gospodarki Wodnej (Poland)
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK-Polish: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Institutul National De Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa (Romania)
Bundesamt Fur Seeschifffahrt Und Hydrographie (Germany)
Ukrainian Scientific Centre Of Ecology Of The Sea (Ukraine)
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Croatia)
Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Ozeanforschung Kiel (Germany)
Cineca - Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
Latvijas Hidroekologijas Instituts (Latvia)
Havforskningsinstituttet (Norway)
Universitetet i Bergen - University of Bergen (Norway)
National Institute of Biology (Slovenia)
Science And Technologyfacilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)
Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee Vzw (Belgium)
International Council For The Exploration Of The Sea (Denmark)
Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum Gmbh (Germany)
52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH (Germany)
HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN-Marine Research Institute (Iceland)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Ett Spa (Italy)
Universite De Liege (Belgium)
EuroGOOS AISBL-Global Ocean Observing System (Belgium)
ORION Joint Research and Development Center (Cyprus)
TalTech University (Estonia)
Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (Israel)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale Di Geofisica E Vulcanologia Sez. Di Roma (Italy)
Royal Netherlands Institute For Sea Research Nioz (Netherlands)
Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia (Spain)
Metu-Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS-Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia)
University Of Malta (Malta)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Institute Of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences (Bulgaria)
Finnish Meteorological Institute-Ilmatieteen Laitos (Finland)

Third parties:
Université Bordeaux 1 (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 9.999.737,50
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/11/2016
End Date: 31/10/2020

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Oceans This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730960