Blue-Cloud 2026

The Horizon Europe “Blue-Cloud 2026” project (January 2023 - June 2026) builds upon and continues to further the work of the pilot Blue-Cloud project, which established a pilot cyber platform providing researchers access to multi-disciplinary datasets from observations, analytical services, and computing facilities essential for blue science. Core services delivered included a federated Data Discovery & Access Service (DD&AS), a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) and several Virtual Labs.


The Horizon Europe “MARCO-BOLO” project (December 2022 - November 2026) aims to structure and strengthen European coastal and marine biodiversity observation capabilities, linking them to global efforts to understand and restore ocean health, hence ensuring that outputs respond to explicit stakeholder needs from policy, planning and industry. To this end, MARCO-BOLO will establish and engage with a Community of Practice to determine end-user needs with the aim of optimising marine data flows, knowledge uptake, and improving governance based on biodiversity observations.


The Horizon Europe OceanICU (“Improving Carbon Understanding”) project (December 2022 - November 2027) will produce new data, information and understanding on the role of the oceanic in the global carbon cycle. It will explore the role of key organisms across basin scales and quantify the past, current and future state of the ocean C cycle, with a particular focus on the BCP.


The Horizon Europe project “Integration of biodiversity monitoring data into the Digital Twin Ocean” (DTO-BioFlow) will unlock “sleeping” biodiversity data enabling the sustained flow of these and new data via primary integrators and EMODnet into the EU Digital Twin Ocean. It will create a digital replica of marine biological processes transforming new and existing data flows into evidence-based knowledge. 


The Horizon Europe eDNAqua-Plan project is led by an interdisciplinary consortium comprising 18 partner institutions from 11 countries, and one international (UN) institute, with complementary expertise in marine and freshwater monitoring, eDNA analysis as well as data science. The consortium cooperates with the large EU research projects and infrastructure such as EMODnet, BIOSCAN-Europe, the Ocean and Water knowledge system, LifeWatch, and international systems (ELIXIR/EBI and OBIS), amongst others, to maximise synergies and interoperability internationally.