Kaori Otsu is a Postdoctoral researcher at CREAF and a participant in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe INFRA-EOSC projects: Cos4Cloud, ESOC Focus, AquaINFRA. Kaori is also a member of the EGU Earth and Space Science Informatics Division.
In AquaINFRA, CREAF leads the Mediterranean region use case in WP5.
The Open-Earth Monitor Global Workshop 2023 event took place on the 4th to 8th September in Bolzano (Italy) and was organised by OpenGeoHub foundation in collaboration with Eurac Research. It brought together European and global actors in the field of open-source Earth Observation applications in policy, business, research and for society.
The poster, by Kaori Otsu, Ester Prat, Diana Pascual, and Lluís Pesquer from the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), focussed on AquaINFRA for blue research and interlinking the EOSC ecosystem with the Green Deal data space.
The establishment of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is one of the eight priorities of the European Open Science Agenda (2018), with the ambition of enabling to federate multidisciplinary research infrastructures. Among ‘Enabling an operational, open and FAIR EOSC ecosystem (INFRAEOSC)’ projects contributing to this priority, Blue-Cloud 2026 and AquaINFRA have been funded to protect oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, in contribution to achieve the goals of the EU Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters” by 2030.
Furthermore, the European data strategy (2020) identifies data spaces as the instruments to achieve a single market for data across sectors and countries, through a common and interoperable framework. In particular, the Green Deal Data Space will be interlinked with the EOSC ecosystem demonstrated by the Blue-Cloud 2026 and AquaINFRA projects, involving several research communities and data infrastructures that are contributing to enabling the European Digital Twin of the Ocean.
The main objective of the AquaINFRA project is to develop a research infrastructure equipped with FAIR multi-disciplinary data and services, allowing seamless data discovery and processing through an AquaINFRA Interaction Platform (AIP) in order to support marine and freshwater scientists and stakeholders and interact with EOSC seamlessly. More specifically, the AIP will include developing a cross-domain and cross-country search and discovery mechanism as well as building services for spatio-temporal analysis and modelling through Virtual Research Environments (VREs) where regional case studies are demonstrated highlighting the Mediterranean use cases in the poster.