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

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.

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