Co-ReSyF in context

There are a variety of data portals and platforms using EO data, so where does Co-ReSyF sit in this context? Co-ReSyF operates as an online software using cloud infrastructure with preexisting algorithms for coastal and marine research applications as well as the option of algorithm management. Co-ReSyF also has the added benefit of an interactive software where users can share their work and overcome issues as they arise. Our platform allows users to manage their own processing chains and is open source. The table below aims to encapsulate any similar platforms/data portals by noting some basic information on the software, and showing how they differ.

Similar to Co-ReSyF, some of the above use cloud infrastructure and offer functionalities for algorithm management. However, the platforms under the ‘Cloud EO data processing’ group (Amazon Web Services, Google Earth Engine, etc.) are primarily commercial products and do not focus on the coastal and marine area. Further, these platforms do not have preexisting ready to use marine and coastal applications, nor do they support multiple coding languages.

The final platform group listed above (C-TEP, EO4Atlantic, GEOWOW and EVER-EST) use cloud infrastructure, have the added functionality to support algorithm management, and also have a specific focus on coastal waters. The main difference between C-TEP and Co-ReSyF is that the former aims to deliver operational services to the community, whereas the second aims to be a research and education resource. The main difference between EO4Atlantic and Co-ReSyF is that the first aims to develop regional applications (Atlantic), while Co-ReSyF is open to both regional and global applications. The main difference between GEOWOW and Co-ReSyF is that the former delivered services (Open Data, Open Source Software) to the GEOSS community only. GEOWOW addressed the coastal domain through interaction between the 3 communities involved: Weather, Ocean, Water. Further, GEOWOW did not provide a public interactive forum where users can discuss issues or share algorithms, which is something Co-ReSyF aims to do. Finally, the main difference we have identified between EVER-EST and Co-ReSyF is that the former, through its Sea Monitoring component, aims to provide methods, procedures and protocols to support the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and in particular the interpretation of Good Environmental Status (GES) Descriptors 1 (Biodiversity), Descriptors 2 (Non indigenous species) and Descriptors 6 (seafloor integrity). On the other hand, Co-ReSyF is not limited to the type of coastal and marine applications that is developing, and, thus, covers a wider range of research fields.

Platform typeProjectFundingFocusTimelineCloud InfrastructureAlgorithm Management
Coastal/marine datasets data catalogues/accessMyOcean/CMEMSFP7Web portal fro the GMES marine core service. Allows data access but not data editing and processing .2009-2012NoNo
SeaDataNetEuropeanDevelopment of a pan-european network to provide standardised datasets of marine variablesOngoingNoNo
EMODNETEuropeanAn European Marine Observation and Data Network composed of institutions with marine monitoring responsibilities with the aim of delivering standardised marine/coastal datasetsOngoingNoNo
GEOSS portalInternationalSingle internet access point for Earth Observation data, developed in the framework of the GEOSSOngoingNoNo
Coastal marine ApplicationsRESGrowESAProvision of statistical information on environmental conditions to support the planning new renewable energy infratructureOngoingNoNo
JELLYFOREurostarsJellyfish forecasting tool focusing solely on salinity, temperature and chlorophyll2009-2011NoNo
C-WamsESADesalination plant operations with the purpose of monitoring regional water quality in the coastal zone2012-2014NoNo
BlueBridgeH2020Support capacity building in interdisciplinary research communities actively involved in increasing scientific knowledge about resource overexploitation, degraded environment and ecosystem with the aim of providing a more solid ground for informed advice to competent authorities and to enlarge the spectrum of growth opportunities as addressed by the Blue Growth Societal Challenge.OngoingYesNo
MERSEAFP6Integrated service for global and regional ocean monitoring and forecasting, focused on safe and efficient offshore activities2004-2008NoNo
Cloud EO data processingAmazon Web ServicesAmazonA set of cloud computing services for users to deploy their services/applications, including EO based ones. Commercial productYesYes
Google Cloud PlatformGoogleVirtual machines running in Google's innovative data centres and worldwide fiber network. Tooling and workflow support enabling scaling from single instances to globalCommercial productYesYes
Google Earth EngineGoogleGoogle Earth Engine combines satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with data analysis capabilities (e.g. change detection, calculating trends and differences) and makes it available for the scientific community.Free access product available on-lineYesNo
Cloud EO data processing for marine/coastal applicationsC-TEPESAProviding operational EO based services/applciations directed at coastal areas, where as Co-ReSyF is focused on research and education resources for this community.OngoingYesYes
EO4AtlanticESARegional exploitation platform for the Atlantic region that enables the development of customised information services on a cloud-based high performance system within a collaborative environment.OngoingYesYes
GEOWOWGEOSSProvides technical solutions for data discovery, accessibility and exploitability in the thematic areas of Weather, Ocean and Water2011-2014YesYes
EVER-ESTESAUsing several state-of-the-art technologies, systems and tools to create a virtual research environment (VRE) to enhance collaborative research and knowledge exchange in the Earth Sciences.OngoingYesYes