Coastal Ocean Resource Infrastructure System

Focus Area

FA 5: Coastal information integrated in the open and free exchange international infrastructure

Lead Institution

SOCIB – Spain –

Lead Institution Contact Person

Miguel Charcos Llorens

List of Partner Institutions
  • Sistema de Observación Costero de las Illes Balears,SOCIB,Spain,
  • Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories, JERICO-RI, Europe,
  • Atlantic Ocean Observing System, Atlantos, Canada,
  • ETT, ETT, Italy,
  • European Marine Observation and Data Network, EMODnet, Europe,
  • Fugro, Fugro, UK,
  • Havforskningsinstituttet, HI, Norway,
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Hereon, Germany,
  • Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS, Norway,
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer, IFREMER, France,
  • National Centers for Environmental Information, NCEI/NOAA, US,
  • National Centre for Coastal Research, NCCR, India,
  • Ocean Best Practices System, OBPS, USA,
  • Ocean Networks Canada, ONC, Canada,
  • Rutgers University, RU, USA,
  • South African Environmental Observation Network, SAEON, South Africa,
  • University of Bergen, UiB, Norway,
  • University of Tasmania, UTAS/AODN, Australia,
  • University of the Balearic Islands, UIB, Spain,
  • University of Waikato, UW, New Zealand,
  • Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick, WNNB, Canada,

Coastal Ocean Resource Infrastructure System (CORIS) will provide sustainable delivery of high-quality environmental data and information, products to research, industry, and government for purposes such as ecosystem health, hazards response and resource management.

CORIS builds upon JERICO projects and offers a range of services, including fully open access to data, tools for managing and using data, best practices for observation, data management and user applications, as well as access to relevant documentation.

There is also a virtual workspace for analyses and translating data to information. However, CORIS does not store data but collaborates with global and regional repositories such as EMODnet, NCEI, SAEON and AODN. This “one-stop shop” will support countries with mature ocean capabilities and developing regions that have limited infrastructure. It will support all Focus Areas in the CoastPredict Programme.

Objectives of the project connected to the Ocean Decade Outcomes

CORIS is an infrastructure to facilitate access to and use of ocean observatories, real-time and delayed mode data, information, tools, best practices and a virtual environment for supporting integrated analysis and coastal ocean prediction.
The high-level objective is to improve the foundation for global interoperability and facilitate access to the essential data and information necessary for the next generation of coastal forecasts and monitoring.

CORIS will provide these resources with open access (FAIR data and TRUST data repositories compliant) in consistent and easily understood formats for global users and coastal communities. This directly supports one of the three major objectives of CoastPredict, that there is a “FAIR” virtual information/digital infrastructure that offers an extended range of tools for data, access to analyses and forecasts across the entire Coastal Ocean value chain.

Key outcomes

We identified four key outcomes for this action:

  1. The major and first key outcome of the CORIS project is a widely available, open access, trusted source of information and services which can be used to better understand the coastal ocean in diverse coastal regions across the world. The attributes are a system of systems which brings together existing and emerging capabilities under the umbrella of a state of the art discovery and access resource for users of all types including observers, modelers, economic and business managers and policy makers. To achieve this purpose, CORIS partners with other organizations and initiatives to improve the use of their systems, expanding the user base and helping drive interoperability across global coastal oceans.
  2. A second key outcome is the broader access to common methods (best practices) and standards that can be used in lesser developed countries and elsewhere to expand local and regional forecasts and monitoring. This will include encouragement to adopt best practices and standards that increase interoperability across the coastal ocean communities.
  3. A third key outcome is to improve access to near real-time data of different nature for nowcasting, hazardous response and mitigation. This requires close collaboration with data providers to encourage the consistent implementation of quality assurance and data/metadata protocols.
  4. A fourth outcome is the access to the next generation Data Lakes and Digital Twins of the Oceans (e.g. DITTO, TURTLE) outcomes into the CORIS system of systems. The system of systems has a built in flexibility to adapt to advances that occur during the next decade and beyond. There will be some that we cannot anticipate now, but will need to include in CORIS.