EMSO directly participates in european projects, other projects or research networks.
The ongoing and closed project are presented below.
It is a project financed by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 roadmap for the research infrastructures. EMSO-Link, led by EMSO ERIC, is aimed at accelerating the organization and full operation of the Consortium as the central hub coordinating EMSO fixed-point open ocean observatories, including physical and virtual access to observatories and data. The project’s ambition is also to consolidate and expand the current EMSO ERIC membership involving other countries and their respective marine science communities, and to enhance the relations with sister marine initiatives and counterpart/complementary Research Infrastructures.
Status: ongoing (01/09/2015 to 31/08/2018)
The EMSODEV’s general objective is to catalyse the full implementation and operation of the EMSO distributed Research Infrastructure (RI), through the development, testing and deployment of an EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM). This module ensures accurate, consistent, comparable, regional scale, long‐term measurements of ocean parameters, which are key to addressing urgent societal and scientific challenges such as climate change, ocean ecosystem disturbance, and marine hazards. This will result in the increased interoperability of EMSO nodes thanks to the harmonized collection of ocean essential variable time series. In addition, EGIM will also greatly help optimize the investments and operational efficiency of the EMSO research infrastructure thus improving RI effectiveness and its attractiveness for member states and users, including industry.
It clusters the research infrastructures (RIs) of the Environmental sector listed in the ESFRI roadmap, associates leading e-infrastructures and promotes the integration of their activities with technical specialist partners. ENVRIPLUS is driven by 3 overarching goals: 1) favoring cross-fertilization between infrastructures, 2) implementing innovative concepts and devices across RIs, and 3) facilitating research and innovation in the field of environment to an increasing number of users outside the RIs. ENVRIPLUS organizes its activities along a main strategic plan where sharing multi-disciplinary expertise will be most effective. It aims to improve Earth observation monitoring systems and strategies, including actions towards harmonization and innovation, to generate common solutions to many shared information technology and data related challenges, to harmonize policies for access and provide strategies for knowledge transfer amongst RIs. ENVRIPLUS develops guidelines to enhance trans- disciplinary use of data and data-products supported by applied use-cases involving RIs from different domains. ENVRIPLUS coordinates actions to improve communication and cooperation, addressing Environmental RIs at all levels, from management to end-users, implementing RI-staff exchange programs, generating material for RI personnel, and proposing common strategic developments and actions for enhancing services to users and evaluating the socio-economic impacts. ENVRIPLUS is expected to facilitate structuration and improve quality of services offered both within single RIs and at pan-RI level. It promotes efficient and multi-disciplinary research offering new opportunities to users, new tools to RI managers and new communication strategies for environmental RI communities. The produced solutions, services and other project results are made available to all environmental RI initiatives, thus contributing to the development of a consistent European RI ecosystem.
It developed a data/computing platform targeted at scientific communities, deployable on multiple hardware, and provisioned over hybrid (private or public) e-infrastructures. This platform was built by leading European developers, resource providers, e-infrastructures and scientific communities in order to ensure its successful exploitation and sustainability.
All members of the consortium share the common interest in developing advanced middleware to sustain the deployment of service models and
user tools to tackle the challenges of the Big Data era. INDIGO extended the formidable know-how that was built in Europe along the past ten years of collaborations on scientific computing based on different consolidated and emerging paradigms (HPC, Grid and Cloud).
Regarding Cloud computing, both the public and private sectors are already offering IaaS-type Cloud resources. However, numerous areas are of interest to scientific communities where Cloud computing uptake is currently lacking, especially at the PaaS and SaaS levels. The project therefore aimed at developing tools and platforms based on open source solutions addressing scientific challenges in the Cloud computing, storage and network areas. INDIGO allowed application development and execution on Cloud and Grid based infrastructures, as well as on HPC clusters. The project extended existing PaaS solutions, allowing public and private e-infrastructures, including those provided by EGI, EUDAT, PRACE and HelixNebula, to integrate their existing services, make them available through GEANT-compliant federated and distributed AA policies, guaranteeing transparency and trust in the provisioning of such services. INDIGO also addressed the development of a flexible and modular presentation layer connected to the expanded PaaS and SaaS frameworks developed by the project and allowing innovative user experiences, also from mobile appliances.
It seeked to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community from 29 partners from academia, research institutions and SME’s. These have provided multidisciplinary observations of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 built on the significant advances largely achieved through the FP7 programs EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN.
The project is funded within the Framework Programme 7 (FP7) of the European Union and aims at fostering the EU-USA cooperation in the field of Research Infrastructures dedicate to environmental sciences. It was coordinated by MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen.
It promoted new concepts of risk mitigation and management by long-term monitoring activities carried out both on land and at sea. The MARSITE project aimed at coordinating research groups with different scientific skills (from seismology to engineering to gas geochemistry) in a comprehensive monitoring activity developed both in the Marmara Sea and in the surrounding urban and country areas. The project planned to coordinate initiatives to collect multidisciplinary data, to be shared, interpreted and merged in consistent theoretical and practical models suitable for the implementation of good practices to move the necessary information to the end users.
The aim of the initiative was to deliver generic services for science data preservation as part of the data infrastructure for e-science and build on the experience of the ESA Earth Observation Long Term Data Preservation (LTDP) programme. The ultimate goal was to favour the set-up of a European Framework for the long term preservation of Earth Science (ES) data through the definition of common preservation policies, the harmonization of metadata and semantics and the deployment of the generic infrastructure services in the ES domain.
Its focus was on developing common capabilities including software and services of the environmental and e-infrastructure communities. While the ENVRI infrastructures are very diverse, they face common challenges including data capture from distributed sensors, metadata standardisation, management of high volume data, workflow execution and data visualisation. The common standards, deployable services and tools developed were adopted by each infrastructure as it progresses through its construction phase.
Two use cases, led by the most mature infrastructures, focused on the development work on separate requirements and solutions for data pre-processing of primary data and post-processing toward publishing. The project is based on a common reference model created by capturing the semantic resources of each ESFRI-ENV infrastructure. This model and the development driven by the testbed deployments result in ready-to-use systems which can be integrated into the environmental research infrastructures.
ESONET Network of Excellence
It aimed at the integration of a community of scientists, engineers and managers for implementing, operating and maintaining a network of ocean observatories in deep waters around Europe from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea connected to shore with data and power links via fibre optic cables. The fundamental scientific objective was to acquire continuous real-time observations of environmental variables over decadal, annual, seasonal, diel and tidal time scales. It provided integration across disciplines from geosciences, through physical, chemical and biological oceanography to technologies of instrumentation, cables, data processing and archiving. ESONET research activities jointly executed by the partners demonstrated the functions of observatories at several cabled and non-cabled sites around Europe. Existing deep-sea cables installed for neutrino telescopes were utilised and shallower tests sites were established elsewhere.
EuroSITES formed an integrated European network of nine deep-ocean observatories sited in waters off the continental shelf and of greater than 1000m depth, measuring variables from sea surface to sea floor. It involved 13 Partners across Europe and the Cape Verde Islands.
EuroSITES integrated and enhanced the existing European open-ocean observational capacity to encompass the ocean interior, seafloor and subseafloor. It produced a more reliable ocean observatory network with common funding streams and data management systems. The network also enhanced the development of more sophisticated sensors to measure more complex properties of the oceans. This allowed a greater understanding of the impact of the changing global Ocean and Earth on mankind and ecosystems at large. This has implications for policy makers, production industries (e.g. fisheries, agriculture) service industries (e.g. insurance) and society at large.