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AquaINFRA Joins EuroScienceGateway to Revolutionise Multi-disciplinary Data-driven Research

November 21st, 2023
AquaINFRA Joins EuroScienceGateway to Revolutionise Multi-disciplinary Data-driven Research

EuroScienceGateway (ESG), a pioneering project in fostering collaborative scientific endeavors, welcomes AquaINFRA into its fold. AquaINFRA brings a community of marine and freshwater multi-disciplinary scientists into the ESG EOSC community.

AquaINFRA partners, Markus Konkol (52North, Münster) and Merret Buurman (Institute for Freshwater Ecology), Berlin) will be representing AquaINFRA and its marine and freshwater communities in ESG. They are developing a processing platform, based on Galaxy and pygeoapi (a Python server implementation of the OGC API suite of standards). AquaINFRA will process data from diverse sources. For example pollutant dispersion from rivers to coastal waters in Catalunya, satellite-imagery analysis for the North Sea and the Elbe, nutrients in Baltic Sea, and small river in-situ analysis in Finland. AquaINFRA will require High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to run dispersion modeling tasks. This will be provided by EGS.

The overall objective of the AquaINFRA project is to develop a virtual environment equipped with FAIR multi-disciplinary data and services to support marine and freshwater scientists and stakeholders restoring healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters. The AquaINFRA virtual environment - Aqua's Galaxy - will enable the target stakeholders to store, share, access, analyse and process research data and other research digital objects from their own discipline, across research infrastructures, disciplines and national borders leveraging on EOSC and the other existing operational dataspaces (e.g., EMODnet, Copernicus Marine Service, Digital Twins, etc.).

About ESG

ESG will leverage a distributed computing network across 13 European countries, accessible via 6 national, user-friendly web portals, facilitating access to compute and storage infrastructures across Europe as well as to data, tools, workflows and services that can be customised to suit researchers’ needs.

At the heart of its workflows, ESG will integrate with the EOSC-Core. Adoption, development and implementation of technologies to interoperate across services, will allow researchers to produce high-quality FAIR data, available to all in EOSC. Communities across the disciplines of Life Sciences, Climate and Biodiversity, Astrophysics, and Materials science will demonstrate the bridge from EOSC's technical services to scientific analysis.

ESG will deliver a robust, scalable, seamlessly integrated open infrastructure for data-driven research, contributing an innovative and customisable service for EOSC that enables operational open and FAIR data and data processing, empowering European researchers to embrace the new digital age of science.