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

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.”

 

MARVL Early Activity Milestone 1.

 MARVL ServerThe first step in the development of MARVL is a demonstration of functionality off South East TASmania (SETAS). The following report, submitted to NeCTAR for milestone 1, describes a series of comparisons between results from an automatically-configured model of the SETAS and satellite and in situ observations.

Download the report here.

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
[2] http://www.innovation.gov.au/Science/Documents/2011StrategicRoadmapforAustralianResearchInfrastructure.pdf,p21