Europe

European Programs

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster relies on the Euro-Argo RI, EMSO and on the JERICOnext network, and contributes on an informal basis to various European projects already under way:

  • Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Services (CMENS), a service led by Mercator Ocean which develops level 3 and 4 observation products (from satellite and on-site observations), as well as analyses and forecasts obtained through the assimilation of these products in ocean models;
  • Several partners of the ODATIS Ocean Cluster contribute to EMODNET and to the H2020 - Atlantos project as regards aspects falling under the Cluster’s responsibility (data sets and products relating to the Atlantic Ocean);
  • The ODATIS Ocean Cluster is part of the ENVRI Plus initiative, together with the other data poles;
  • The ODATIS Ocean Cluster will provide data sets to support the DCSMM (the Marine Strategy Framework Directive – MSFD).

For future calls for tender, the ODATIS Ocean Cluster will bid for both infrastructures and services: 

The Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the European Union produces information services for environmental monitoring and safety. It regroups six services: atmosphere, marine, land, climate change (C3S), security and emergency. This production of Copernicus services is based on the processing of environmental data.

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical and biogeochemical state, the variability and dynamics of the ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional seas.


The observations and forecasts generated by the service offer multiple applications in the maritime domain, including:

  • Marine Safety;
  • Marine Resources;
  • Coastal and marine environment;
  • Meteorology, seasonal forecasts and climate.

In November 2014, the European Commission signed a delegation agreement with Mercator Ocean International for the implementation and provision of the service. This service is operational since May 1, 2015.

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The EOSC Pillar project is based on the concept of “open science” and FAIR data services and practices to promote them in all communities that use oceanographic data. These initiatives also aim to share best practices and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches within the EOSC.

The kick-off meeting that took place in early July 2019 officially launched the project which will continue over the next 3 years.

IFREMER and the CNRS are more particularly involved in several Workpackages (WP), which the IR/RI DATA TERRA coordinates as a whole.

  • WP6: EOSC in action: Use cases and community-driven pilots.
    This WP is based on a bottom-up approach based on concrete cases of data use. Each “demonstrator” use case will analyze different tools and services for Data Fairization and the type of governance based on the needs of the user community.
  • WP7: The Infrastructure layer: delivering horizontal data storage and computing services, from national to transnational.
    This WP brings together technical guidelines and procedures for the integration of national services to contribute to the compatibility and interoperability of existing horizontal services between national and thematic infrastructures.

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The PHIDIAS project aims to develop and implement prototypes for the exploitation of Earth Sciences space and environmental data using high performance computing (HPC) capabilities.

PHIDIAS will officially start in November 2019, until 2022.

It integrates several data clusters of the DATA TERRA research infrastructure: ODATIS for the “Ocean” theme that IFREMER will lead (activity 6), AERIS for the “Atmosphere” theme and THEIA for the theme “Continental Surfaces”. IR/RI DATA TERRA manages the WP3 for the technical coordination of the project as a whole.

This PHIDIAS project will develop datasets that will be added to the EOSC catalogues. It will optimize processing flows and provide open access to standardized HPC services. The consortium will improve FAIRisation processes and open data access. PHIDIAS will propose to bring together in a single framework, according to a generic workflow for science big data, data dissemination, data analysis and resource archiving.

Two European computing centres (CINES in France and CSC in Finland) will explore a distributed model for data transfer and resource allocation between them. For use cases, the project will develop methods for post-processing data.

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  • Project and Workpackages descriptions (pdf)

Blue-Cloud Services is the first part [A] of the flagship initiative "The future of the seas and oceans" resulting from a H2020 call for proposals. Blue-Cloud is the "marine" declination of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The project spans 3 years and addresses a practical approach to implementing the potential of open cloud-based science to achieve a set of services to better understand and manage the many aspects of ocean sustainability through a series of five Blue-Cloud pilot demonstrators.

The overall goal is to federate in this Blue Cloud Services:

  • European and multidisciplinary marine data from satellite and in situ sensors and models;
  • Computer platforms forming a virtual environment;
  • Analytical tools.

The positioning of Blue-Cloud demonstrates a major synergy at the European level by federating the main European marine data infrastructures (for example Seadatanet, Eurobis, Euro-Argo, Argo GDAC, Emodnet, ELIXIR-ENA, Eurobioimaging, DIAS, CMEMS, and ICOS-Marine) as well as EOSC infrastructures (for example EUDAT, D4sciences).

IFREMER is in charge of workpackage WP3 "Blue-Cloud Pilot Demonstrators" which includes all activities related to the establishment, structuring and implementation of five demonstrators to showcase the full potential of Blue-Cloud architecture and services. The five demonstrators cover five different areas relevant to the call: plankton, genomics, environment, fisheries and aquaculture. This WP will also define the demonstrators' needs and set up validation and feedback mechanisms to ensure that the demonstrators are user-oriented. Sorbonne University is also a partner of the plankton and genomic demonstrators.