Collaboration, cooperation and shared visions are the foundations of every successful synergy. Creating open science platforms to facilitate the use and reuse of oceanic data is a team work activity, and cannot be achieved by one project alone. Blue-Cloud poses special attention to this aspect for creating valuable cooperation among projects operating in the Blue Economy and Marine Research and over the course of the last three years has established strong synergies with initiatives in this area to foster the adoption of its innovative open-science solutions.
Between October 2021 to April 2022, Blue-Cloud has signed 4 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) establishing durable cooperation with the H2020 projects AQUA-LIT, EuroSea, Jonas and JERICO, key initiatives in coastal monitoring, noise prevention, aquaculture and ocean forecasting systems
Their joint efforts are focused on:
Usage and exploitation of Blue-Cloud VRE services
The creation of a VRE might also serve the needs of the JONAS project, addressing the risks of these acoustic pressures on marine biodiversity by improving ocean noise monitoring and risk prediction, and of the EuroSea initiative to improve forecasting systems. Discussions are ongoing to check whether setting up a Virtual Research Environment can be useful, in the meantime Blue-Cloud, JONAS and EuroSea are gaining mutual access to the data of their VRE. By collaborating with Blue-Cloud, EuroSea can improve the European ocean observing and forecasting system in a global context, getting access to a wider range of oceanic FAIR data, and Jonas can perform better analysis to improve ocean noise monitoring and highlight the risks of acoustic pressures on marine biodiversity by accessing the Blue-Cloud data in addition to the ones collected by Jonas.
Connecting Data to key European Data Management service providers via Blue-Cloud
Contributing to shaping the Blue-Cloud Roadmap
Joint dissemination and communication activities
These joint efforts are strategic to help Blue-Cloud increase and improve its service offer, namely the aquaculture data quality of the Blue-Cloud Virtual Labs Aquaculture Monitor and Marine Environmental Indicators. They also support the development of a long-term sustainable action plan in the aquaculture, ocean noise monitoring, marine coastal science and ocean observing and forecasting systems fields.