MARVL is now Live!

Marine Virtual LaboratoryThe Marine Virtual Lab is live now. Researchers interested in marine modeling will now have access to an online portal that simplifies the process of marine modelling.

The MARVL allows researchers to obtain a pre-prepared package using simple workflow by combining geographic location, datasets, forcing data and processing power, all within the cloud.

Most researchers, students and academic staff with have access to MARVL via their AAF (Australian Access Federation) identity, in most cases this is your normal login identity at your local university, institute or federal agency.

You can start using MARVL now via the login button (above) or by visiting:

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Milestone 2 – WebMARVL-lite Testing.

WebMARVL-liteThe first acceptance criteria for the MARVL Early Activity project was to ensure that it could be configured for the Derwent Estuary and that model outputs produced were acceptably related to observations, both of these passed with flying colors.

Milestone two involves the introduction of the portal (webMARVL-lite) that allows registered users to configure data sources and the model environment. Specifically we were looking to allow users to:

  • Specify a time period;
  • Specify a region (bounding box); and
  • Select a source of surface and boundary forcing from a list of datasets;

WebMARVL-lite would then automatically extract a sub-set of the data files required to run on the native (original) grid and package these files into one downloadable archive ready for using elsewhere, a HPC environment for example.

Associated documents:
MARVL Milestone 2 Report

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How MARVL will change marine research.

MARVLTshirt100“MARVL will allow researchers to be up and running very quickly, at the moment we spend a large amount of time in preparation, finding appropriate data sets, models, seeking advise on model configuration and how to use and process data sets effectively.

With MARVL all the work will be done. Work that once took weeks, or even months will now be able to performed in hours. For the first time I will be able to get all the material I need to run a model in one place, all correctly configured and ready to be run.”


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MARVL Information System (MARVLIS)

MARVLISThe MARVLIS (Marine Virtual Laboratory Information System) is currently being developed with funding from ANDS (Australian National Data Service) to demonstrate how scientific outputs (observations and models produced by a system like MARVL) can be enhanced to provide value-added information to support the management and risk assessment in local estuaries.

MARVLIS hopes to provide:

  1. A library of software tools compatible with MARVL.
  2. Software tools to generate value-added products applicable to the selected scenarios.
  3. Products, derived from underlying scientific data, supporting the scenarios. For public health this will include the impacts of ‘events’ on water quality which may influence the temporary closure of beaches or shellfish farms; for ecosystem health this will include ‘what-if’ management scenarios examining the impact of moving or expanding the scale of fish farms; the impacts and optimisation of coastal zone development, and evaluating products for increasing the cost-effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment.

You can read more about MARVLIS here.

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MARVL and the big picture.

Marine Virtual LaboratoryNationally, we currently lack a research environment within which to explore the science questions around seamless integration of the complex multi-disciplinary marine environment. This need is explicitly noted in DIISRTE[1]’s Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure[2]. A Virtual Laboratory in this space has a very high probability of success, given the significant level of underpinning investments, and clear societal need to unlock the full potential of these investments to address problems of national priority, and global significance.

The MARine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) can provide all the tools necessary to construct a virtual environment of a region of interest. Comprised of a suite of complex models (e.g. ocean circulation, waves, water quality, and marine biogeochemistry), a network of observing sensors, and a host of value-adding tools, MARVL can underpin research to understand the dynamics, interactions, and connectivity of an estuarine/coastal region, continental shelf region, or open ocean domain.

Read more about MARVL here.

[1] Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education



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