Blue-Cloud 2026 advances marine research with FAIR & open data, analytical services, and virtual labs for EU seas. It supports Green Deal objectives, EU Missions, and UN SDGs, enhancing the Digital Twin Ocean. Over 42 months, it expands its ecosystem, integrating diverse datasets and infrastructures.

The EU-funded Blue-Cloud 2026 project aims at further evolving the pilot Blue-Cloud project into a federated European ecosystem to deliver FAIR and open data as well as analytical services for research of oceans, EU seas, and coastal and inland waters. It will develop a thematic marine extension to the EOSC in support of the Green Deal, Destination Earth, the EU Mission "Restore our Oceans and Water by 2030" and UN SDGs, ultimately providing a core data service for the Digital Twin Ocean. Over 42 months, Blue-Cloud 2026 will develop additional analytical services, new Virtual Labs and new data sets from a multitude of data originators. 

A Horizon Europe project
Project dates: 1st January 2023 to 30 Jun 2026
EMBRC role : partner
Funding: €8,845,420.00
Grant agreement number: 101094227

Blue-Cloud 2026 offers essential resources for ocean research, including diverse datasets and analytical tools. It aims to expand into a Federated European Ecosystem, providing FAIR & Open data crucial for studying oceans and related areas. With a focus on serving the EU's environmental and economic agendas, it enhances accessibility to structured data collections. The advanced ecosystem will support the Digital Twin of the Ocean, utilizing Data Lakes for validated and harmonised data. Its scalable VRE architecture ensures integration of additional services, benefiting a wider user base.

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