Blue-Cloud 2026 builds on the Blue-Cloud pilot project, which established a pilot cyber platform that provides researchers with access to multidisciplinary datasets from observations, analytical services and computing facilities that are essential for blue science. Blue-Cloud 2026 aims to further develop this pilot ecosystem into a federated European ecosystem, i.e. a thematic marine extension of EOSC for open web-based science that meets the needs of the EU Blue Economy, Marine Environment and Marine Knowledge agendas.
Blue-Cloud 2026 is coordinated by CNR, Trust- IT & MARIS and mobilises a solid, multidisciplinary and dedicated team of 40 partners from 13 EU countries.
Since January 2023, the partnership has been working on a) Discovery & Access Service for FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable Data), b) an Open Science virtual research environment federating several e-infrastructures, c) 3 WorkBenches focused on Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs), d) 5 Virtual Labs, e) a Blue Strategic Roadmap and f) a Digital Twin of Ocean Task Force.
The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS is mainly involved in 2 Virtual Labs and an EOVs Workbench. The virtual lab titled "Carbon-Plankton Dynamics" aims at predicting the biomass of phyto- and zooplankton based on the given abiotic conditions. The virtual laboratory 'Marine Environmental Indicators' will be a tool for calculating online metocean information and indicators of the environmental quality of the Mediterranean and global oceans. Finally, the 'EOV Workbench for Eutrophication: Chlorophyll, Nutrients, Oxygen' will provide a user-configurable toolbox to create customisable validated datasets and assess the consistency of information.