Programme: H2020 – Research and Innovation Actions

Project title: Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data management

Acronym: SeaDataCloud

Duration: 01/11/2019 – 31/10/2020

Total Budget: € 9.999.737

ISMAR budget: € 95.000

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The SeaDataNet pan-European infrastructure has been developed by NODCs and major research institutes from 34 countries. Over 100 marine data centres are connected and provide discovery and access to data resources for all European researchers. Moreover, SeaDataNet is a key infrastructure driving several portals of the European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet), initiated by EU DG-MARE for Marine Knowledge, MSFD, and Blue Growth. SeaDataNet complements the Copernicus Marine Environmental Monitoring Service (CMEMS), coordinated by EU DG-GROW. However, more effective and convenient access is needed to better support European researchers. The standards, tools and services developed must be reviewed and upgraded to keep pace with demand, such as developments of new sensors, and international and IT standards. Also EMODnet and Copernicus pose extra challenges to boost performance and foster INSPIRE compliance. More data from more data providers must be made available, from European and international research projects and observing programmes. SeaDataCloud aims at considerably advancing SeaDataNet services and increasing their usage, adopting cloud and HPC technology for better performance. More users will be engaged and for longer sessions by including advanced services in a Virtual Research Environment. Researchers will be empowered with a collection of services and tools, tailored to their specific needs, supporting marine research and enabling generation of added-value products. Data concern the wide range of in situ observations and remote sensing data. To have access to the latest cloud technology and facilities, SeaDataNet will cooperate with EUDAT, a network of computing infrastructures that develop and operate a common framework for managing scientific data across Europe. SeaDataCloud will improve services to users and data providers, optimize connecting data centres and streams, and interoperate with other European and international networks.

Contact person in ISMAR:


  1. Scientific Information Systems for the Sea (France)
  2. Marine Information Service (Netherlands)
  3. British Oceanographic Data Centre (United Kingdom)
  4. German Oceanographic Data Centre (Germany)
  5. Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Sweden)
  6. Spanish Oceanographic Institute (Spain)
  7. Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre (Greece)
  8. Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
  9. World Data Centre -National Oceanographic Data Centre (Russian Federation)
  10. Centro Ricerche Ambiente Marino (Italy)
  11. INGV / Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Italy
  12. Institute of Marine Sciences (Turkey)
  13. Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research (Germany)
  14. University of Liege, GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (Belgium)
  15. Norwegian Marine Data Centre (Norway)
  16. Aarhus University – Bioscience (Denmark)
  17. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Denmark)
  18. Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy)
  19. Marine Institute (Ireland)
  20. Hydrographic Institute (Portugal)
  21. Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Netherlands)
  22. Belgian Marine Data Centre (Belgium)
  23. Flanders Marine Institute (Belgium)
  24. Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (Iceland)
  25. Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
  26. Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (Poland)
  27. Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  28. Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Latvia)
  29. P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS (Russian Federation)
  30. Bulgarian National Oceanographic Data Centre (Bulgaria)
  31. National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” (Romania)
  32. Centre of Relations with UNESCO Oceanological Research Centre and GeoDNA (Georgia)
  33. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Croatia)
  34. Marine Biology Station (Slovenia)
  35. International Ocean Institute – Malta Operational Centre (University of Malta) / Physical Oceanography Unit (Malta)
  36. Israel Marine Data Center (Israel)
  37. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  38. Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
  39. Marine Technology Unit. Mediterranean Marine and Environmental Research Centre (Spain)
  40. Deltares (Netherlands)
  41. Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)
  42. Ukrainian scientific center of Ecology of Sea (Ukraine)
  43. ETT S.p.a. (Italy)
  44. EuroGOOS AISBL (Belgium)
  45. The German Climate Computing Center (Germany)
  46. CINECA (Italy)
  47. Center for Science Ltd. (Finland)
  48. Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom)
  49. Greek Research and Technology Network (Greece)
  50. University of Bergen (Norway)
  51. Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany)
  52. 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH (Germany)
  53. Shom (France)
  54. ORION (Cyprus)
  55. CNRS (France)
  56. University of Bologna, Environmental Science, Laboratory SINCEM, Ravenna (Italy)