Piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy

Blue-Cloud implements a practical approach to address the potential of cloud-based open science. It aims to achieve a set of services, identifying also longer-term challenges to build and demonstrate the Pilot Blue-Cloud as a thematic EOSC cloud. This supports research to better understand and manage the many aspects of ocean sustainability through a set of five pilot Blue-Cloud demonstrators. Blue-Cloud seeks to capitalise on what already exists, and to develop and deploy, through a pragmatic workplan, the pilot Blue Cloud as a cyber platform bringing together and providing access to:

1) multidisciplinary data from observations and models,

2) analytical tools,

3) computing facilities essential for key blue science use cases.

Outputs include: a Blue Cloud Framework, Data Discovery & Access Service (approx. 400 users) & VRE (approx. 1,000 users) from 25 countries, Blue Cloud Service Catalogue including 50+ services deployed through 5 compelling pilot demonstrators, A Blue Cloud 2030 implementation Policy Roadmap, Whitepaper on outcomes of the Food/ Blue-Cloud Pilots to support the implementation of thematic EOSC, 4 focused Roadmap events & Workshops, 1 hackathon, 10 webinars, 1 Final results conference, engaged community with all stakeholder groups represented.

Led by a consortium bringing together leading European marine data management infrastructures, EOSC horizontal e-infrastructures, and excellent marine researchers. Coordinated by a neutral ICT intensive SME with over 15 years of experience, technically coordinated by a community of leading marine & ocean data specialists, and supported by 17 experienced partners from research, academia and industry with strategic and practical involvement in design and delivery of blue community needs. An influential External Stakeholders Experts Board & an Expert Foresight Group support the project. 

CSC contributes in this project with 12 PMs and will focus on the integration of the B2DROP into the Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment to ensure fast access to temporary data sets. 

CSC's role in this strategic project will allow greater visibility of its services within the environmental community and in EOSC and will ultimately benefit Finnish researchers involved in environmental science.

At CSC, Blue-Cloud project is part of the EOSC programme.

Blue-Cloud has received funding from the European Union's Horizon programme call BG-07-2019-2020, topic: [A] 2019 - Blue Cloud services, Grant Agreement No.862409.