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: http://portal.marvl.org.au

MARVLIS Software Release v1.0

MARVLISMARVLIS (AP26) has now been completed. MARVLIS is an “add-on” or a value added software package that provides a number of tools that can be used by the Marine Research Community. If you would like to learn more about MARVLIS, then please visit the MARVLIS blog. MARVLIS has been produced with help from ANDS (Australian National Data Service), and the CSIRO.

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

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.”