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EMSO-Link is a project financed by the European Commission (€ 4.3 million) as part of the Horizon 2020 roadmap for the research infrastructures. EMSO-Link is leaded by EMSO ERIC – the European Research Infrastructure Consortium charged of the management of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory - and 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.

under construction ONGOING 

The EMSODEV's (EMSO implementation and operation: DEVelopment of instrument module) 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 will ensure 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 for industry.


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ENVRIPLUS is a cluster of research infrastructures (RIs) for Environmental and Earth System sciences, built around the ESFRI roadmap and associating leading e-infrastructures and Integrating activities together 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. ONGOING

The INDIGO-DataCloud project (INDIGO for short) aims at developing a data/computing platform targeted at scientific communities, deployable on multiple hardware, and provisioned over hybrid (private or public) e-infrastructures. This platform will be 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 will exploit 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 aims at developing tools and platforms based on open source solutions addressing scientific challenges in the Cloud computing, storage and network areas. INDIGO will allow application development and execution on Cloud and Grid based infrastructures, as well as on HPC clusters. The project will extend 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 will also address 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. CLOSED
EMSO-MEDIT Enhancement of multidisciplinary marine research infrastructures in Sicily, Campania and Puglia as a contribution to ESFRI EMSO (EMSO‐Medit) Project financed in the framework of PON R&C 2007-2013 - PAC Enhancement of public research infrastructures. The project concerns the enhancement of research infrastructures for marine environment located in the Convergence Regions Sicily, Campania and Puglia, where the sea is a primary opportunity of development. The project, called EMSO‐MedIT is the Italian contribution to the consolidation in the above mentioned regions of the European research infrastructure EMSO, which, within the context of EMSO‐MedIT, is in synergy with the other ESFRI coordinated by Italy (KM3NeT and EMBRC) and the Italian initiative for marine research RITMARE.


FIXO3 The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 will build on the significant advances largely achieved through the FP7 programmes EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN. With a budget of 9.7 Million Euros over 4 years (starting September 2013) the proposal has 29 partners drawn from academia, research institutions and SME’s.


COOPEUS 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 is coordinated by MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen.



The recent devastating earthquakes and associated tsunamis in Japan, Indonesia, and Haiti, which killed more than half a million people, highlighted how mankind is still far away from a satisfactory level of seismic risk mitigation. Among the regions around the Mediterranean Sea for which earthquakes represent a major threat to their social and economic development, the area around the Marmara Sea, one of the most densely populated parts of Europe, is subjected to a high level of seismic hazard. For this reason the MARSITE project is proposed with the aim of assessing the “state of the art” of seismic risk evaluation and management at European level. This will be the starting point to move a “step forward” toward new concepts of risk mitigation and management by long-term monitoring activities carried out both on land and at sea. The MARSITE project aims to coordinate 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 plans 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 is to deliver generic services for science data preservation as part of the data infrastructure for e-science and to build on the experience of the ESA Earth Observation Long Term Data Preservation (LTDP) programme 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. CLOSED

The target is 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 will be adopted by each infrastructure as it progresses through its construction phase.

Two use cases, led by the most mature infrastructures, will focus the development work on separate requirements and solutions for data pre-processing of primary data and post-processing toward publishing. The project will be 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 NoE ESONET's aim is to create an organisation capable of 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 is to make continuous real-time observations of environmental variables over decadal, annual, seasonal, diel and tidal time scales. It will provide integration across disciplines from geosciences, through physical, chemical and biological oceanography to technologies of instrumentation, cables, data processing and archiving. Jointly executed research will demonstrate functioning observatories at several cabled and non-cabled sites around Europe. Existing deep-sea cables installed for neutrino telescopes will be utilised in the Mediterranean sea and shallower tests sites will be established elsewhere.

Contact: Roland Person,
IFREMER, France: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


KM3NeT The primary objective of the KM3NeT Preparatory Phase is to pave the path to political and scientific convergence on the legal, governance, financial engineering and siting aspects of the infrastructure and to prepare rapid and efficient construction once approved. As has become apparent in the ongoing KM3NeT Design Study, reconciliation of national and regional political and financial priorities with scientific and technological considerations will be a major issue.

Construction of the KM3NeT infrastructure is foreseen to start after the three year preparatory phase.

Coordinator Design Study: Uli Katz

Coordinator Preparatory Phase: Emilio Migneco, INFN/LNS, Catania, Italy (email: migneco at



EuroSITES forms 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 is coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK and involves 13 Partners across Europe and the Cape Verde Islands.

EuroSITES will integrate and enhance the existing European open-ocean observational capacity to encompass the ocean interior, seafloor and subseafloor. It will produce a more reliable ocean observatory network with common funding streams and data management systems. The network will also enhance the development of more sophisticated sensors to measure more complex properties of the oceans. This will allow 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.

EuroSITES was officially launched on 1st April 2008. The website has been continually updated since then, reflecting the project's dynamic status.

Dr Richard Lampitt, EuroSITES Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Kate Larkin, EuroSITES Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The objectives of GENESI-DEC are:

Enlarge Infrastructure: To enlarge the existing GENESI-DR infrastructures in terms of data, resources availability and geographical extent.

Guarantee Service: To provide guaranteed, reliable, easy, effective access to a variety of data, facilities, tools and services to an ever increasing number of Digital Earth users from all disciplines.

Harmonise Federation: To harmonise operations at selected key Digital Earth infrastructures limiting fragmentation of solutions.

Enable User Collaboration: To enable multidisciplinary collaboration among Digital Earth users as well as the creation of user-configured virtual research facilities/test-beds.

Respond to Innovation: To integrate new scientific and technological derived paradigms in operational infrastructures in response to the latest Digital Earth requirements.

Promote Virtualisation: To stimulate, educate and support the creation of virtual Digital Earth research communities. CLOSED


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