The Tuna Atlas VRE


The Tuna Atlas VRE is a tool to handle public domain data from various (Tuna) Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (T-RFMOs). Data include catches, fishing efforts and size frequencies of the species managed by the five tuna RFMOs. Tuna Atlas provides services to discover the available datasets at regional and global levels, extract them in several formats widely used by the scientific community (e.g. CSV, NetCDF, SDMX) and visualize them in an interactive web-viewer of indicators and maps. It also includes tools for the users to generate their own Tuna atlas by applying own processing (e.g. applying specific choices for scientific corrections) on the tuna RFMOs data.

NetCDF made easy at BlueBRIDGE. Try the new NetCDF Converter


Many research communities working in biology and related fields are committed to building and preserving a wide collection of environmental and species distribution data. In order for these communities to be able to carry out their studies in a fast and efficient manner, the data needs to be well organized, meticulously described and possibly represented in a standard format  that enables re-use. In fact, the Network Common Data Format (NetCDF) is a self-describing, machine-independent data format that is meant to represent and store array-oriented n-dimensional data, widely used by many communities and research institutions as a standard. 

What’s the impact of climate change on Ice Concentration and Sea-Surface Temperature? BlueBRIDGE makes over more 60 maps available


BlueBRIDGE has "mapped the future" in a harmonized set of climate forecasts and maps of biotic and abiotic parameters for use in ecological models and climate change-related analyses. The maps are based on data of the AquaMaps Consortium and the NASA Earth Exchange Platform.

Do Giant Squids really exist? We know that they do and where they are, thanks to research carried out by CNR-ISTI, Italy, who have produced the first digital distribution map of Architeuthis dux


It has long been considered a legendary creature, so mysterious and elusive as to create doubts on its actual existence. But not only does the giant squid exists, it’s now possible to trace its habitat with a certain precision. A team of researchers at CNR-ISTI in Pisa, Italy, has just completed the first digital map that estimates the distribution of this enormous mollusc on a global scale in the seas of our planet. 

Attending the Montreal RDA Plenary? Join the session on "R" as orchestrator to manage OGC compliant metadata & data, 19 Sept. @ 11:30, room: Mansfield 10


The Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group will present its early achievements at the upcoming  RDA Plenary meeting in Montreal, Canada.

The session will explain how the usage of the R programming language as orchestrator to manage metadata, data complying with OGC standards and controlled vocabularies is supporting the Tuna Fisheries Use Case. But it doesn’t stop there. The session is organised as a side event to extend its scope to other fishery-related fields and beyond: for example to the marine or earth observations domain.

Cross e-infrastructures collaboration: enhancing the BlueBRIDGE services through the EGI computing & storage resources


Last week, Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI foundation[1] (, opened the EGI Conference 2017 (9-12 May 2017, Catania, Italy) highlighting the importance of collaboration among e-infrastructures.

BlueBRIDGE article highlighted in the ERCIM News No.109: Making the development and deployment of VREs easy and effective


The ERCIM News No.109 featured an article on Virtual Research Environments (VREs), written by Donatella Castelli, Pasquale Pagano and Leonardo Candela, CNR-ISTI & BlueBRIDGE consortium.

BlueBRIDGE team at work at the 4th TCom Meeting in Copenhagen defining the roadmap for the upcoming months


From the 7th to the 10th March 2017, the 4th BlueBRIDGE TCom meeting is taking place in Copenhagen kindly hosted by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

The aim of the meeting is to discuss the state of play of the BlueBRIDGE project and the plan for the upcoming months.

The latest release from BlueBRIDGE: A set of techno-economic assessment tools for aquafarms


The latest Virtual Research Environment (VRE) released by BlueBRIDGE has been conceived for all the aquafarming enterprises that want an answer to the question: how can I maximize the growth rate of my livestock by minimizing the production costs?

Oceana study: Sustainability could increase fish catches by 57% - BlueBRIDGE makes available the stock assessment model used by Oceana in its Virtual Research Environments


Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused on ocean conservation, published a new research that provides the most comprehensive overview so far of overfishing in European fish stocks.