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

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

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