ENVRIplus Newsletter #3 (Nov 2016)
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Werner Kutsch
ENVRIplus Project Coordinator
Dear colleagues,
Just before the third ENVRI week will begin, this newsletter shall inform you about the latest achievements of the ENVRIplus project. The work in the project has gained momentum and it is exciting to see many tasks are currently running in our six Themes. The mapping of our Research Infrastructures has been
accomplished in order to clarify their requirements, identify issues and highlight opportunities.In two related projects, we will now start to map the global landscape of RIs with a special focus on Africa. This newsletter also introduces one of our RIs, EISCAT_3D, and the annotation tool developed by one of our Work Packages that deals with Citizen Science. Involving the people in our work is of mutual benefit and a very valuable approach.

During the past weeks, the Environmental Research Infrastructures had a lot of publicity. ENVRIplus had a prominent booth at the  at the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) exhibition that was – among many others – visited by the South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor and DG Robert-Jan Smits (EC RTD). Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to introduce our activities during the Earth Information Day at COP 22. Many other communication and dissemination activities have been conducted. To become even better in communications, a "Workshop on effective communication methods and practices in ENVRI community" will be held during the upcoming ENVRI

It’s good to see that we are progressing in many fields. Enjoy the newsletter.
Best regards from Marrakesh,
Werner Kutsch
A summary of consistent characterization of existing
and planned Research Infrastructures

Alex Vermeulen
The ENVRIplus Theme 2 aims to present the design, development and implementation of an e-Infrastructure in terms of the methods, services and tools that will help research infrastructures to fully exploit and manage their data more easily.

The first corresponding deliverable (D5.1) takes stock of the progress achieved, setting out and updating all information regarding environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs) involved in ENVRIplus and available ICT technologies ...
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Deep-sea Spy: an on-line image annotation tool for citizen scientists developed in frame of ENVRIplus

Marjolaine Matabos
together with Julie Tourolle and Jozée Sarrazin
Research within the Deep Sea laboratory at Ifremer (Brest, France) focuses on deep-sea ecosystems, including hydro-thermal systems and their associated fauna.

Such hydrothermal vents form in active volcanic areas where, hot fluids exit from the ocean floor, much like geysers and hot springs on land. The animal community thriving in this specific environment is of particular interest to the scient...
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Mapping international Research Infrastructures: RISCAPE

Ari Asmi
The European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE) is a new European Commission-funded H2020 project, focusing on international research infrastructures landscape analyses.
The project will run from January 2017 until the end of 2019. RISCAPE is a strategic project for European research infrastructures, the ESFRI and the Commission. Environmental research infrastructures -- and therefore the ENVRI community -- are one of the key focus areas of the project...
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The EPL-RADIO project  (co-funded by ENVRIplus)

Pasquale Sellitto
together with Giuseppe Salerno and Pierre Briole

In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Geosciences Department of the École Normale Supérieure and the Etna Observatory (Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology), to facilitate exchanges in the fields of research and education.

In the last few years, various experiments were set up at Mt. Etna to analyse the properties of volcanic gasses and aerosols and their impact ...
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EISCAT_3D: Our eye on the environment between earth and space

Anders Tjulin
The sun plays a fundamental role in relations to the earth’s environment. Not only does it provide direct heat and light, it also provides the necessary energy to power the convective motions in the atmosphere and oceans, determining weather patterns and climates.

Mostly invisible to the human eye, the sun also produces solar winds, that is, a fast stream of charged particles traveling from the sun outwards, throughout the solar system.The magnetic field associated to solar winds interacts with the earth's inherent magnetism to form the magnetosphere....

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Joint ENVRI community booth at EGU17
 – So far 16 environmental Research Infrastructures (RI) collaborating in ENVRIplus have confirmed their participation and contributions to joint ENVRI community booth, will be organised at EGU 2017. EGU is one of the most important events for all the Environmental Research Infrastructures in Europe. The conference brings together around 14000 scientists from 109 countries. However, only a fraction of them is aware of the existence of RIs, their mission and the benefits they can offer to every single scientist.

The ENVRIplus Research Infrastructures have therefore decided to join their forces in promoting the environmental RIs, organizing a joint booth together, to get a visibility, share the costs as well as to demonstrate the strong collaboration among them.

You will find the joint ENVRI booth at the exhibition stand number 2 and 3 (right next to main entrance to EGU venue).
Several new RI releated projects funded through the H2020 – 1) RISCAPE - project that will provide international landscape analysis report on the position and complementarities of the major European research infrastructures in the international research infrastructure landscape (more information in article written by Ari Asmi) 2) INTERACT -The Second Phase of INTERACT has been funded through the H2020 infrastructure project funding mechanism. 3) SeaDataCloud project has been funded through INFRAIA call for advanced communities, 4) Eurochamp 2020 – Environmental RI for simulation chambers for studying atmospheric processes 5) AQUACOSM RI project has been funded by the European Union through INFRAIA to strengthen and enlarge a European network of mesocosm facilities.  6) Projects supporting the implementation and operation of already existing RIs - RINGO (supporting ICOS RI) and EMSO-link (Supporting EMSO RI).
ENVRI cluster invites all the environmental RI communities to participate in our activities
ENVRI cluster encourages all Environmental Research Infrastructure communities, which are not involved in our ongoing ENVRIplus project, but are interested in participating in ENVRIplus project activities, to apply for:
a) the Associated Partnership to ENVRIplus project to create a clear and unambiguous relationship between organization(s) representing the Research Infrastructure in question and ENVRIplus project and its Beneficiaries
b) the BEERi (Board of European Environmental Research Infrastructures) membership, allowing the Research Infrastructure in question to nominate two representatives for the BEERi, participating in the strategic discussion concerning the ENVRI community.
More information about the opportunities and future application process can be found on 
ENVRIplus website.
New version of ENVRI Reference Model released We are pleased to announce that version v2.1 of the ENVRI Reference Model has been released. You can find it at the well-known url This version provides enhanced support for the requirements of the enlarged community of ENVRI Research Infrastructures as gathered during the Task 5.1 Requirements Collection and Analysis exercise (for more details, see the article from Alex Vermeulen); as well as many minor improvements as a result of comments received.
The University of Edinburgh is looking for the Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the ENVRI Reference model  The Research Associate will join a task force that is to co-design and evaluate the ENVRI reference model. More information available here.
The EC granted the legal status of ERIC to EMSO Research Infrastructure  On 29th of September, The European Commission announced the legal formation of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMSO-ERIC). The eight founding countries (France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, UK; head office in Rome) of the consortium lead the world in this level of ocean observing coordination.
EMSO is a technologically advanced pan-European Research Infrastructure of fixed seafloor and water-column observatories (currently 11 deep and 4 shallow nodes around Europe). It provides power, communications, sensors, and data infrastructure for continuous, high resolution, real-time, interactive ocean observations and supports a truly multi-and inter-disciplinary range of research areas including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science, from polar to tropical environments, down to the abyss.
Belmont Forum Data Skills and Training Survey  The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management project is developing a quick data management skills gap survey to get a picture of existing training options and the most urgent priorities for skill development.  
Help the Belmont Forum determine current workforce development options, training needs and skills gaps in the area of data management by filling out this 10-minute survey (responses by 22 November). The survey is available here.
3rd ENVRI week  The third ENVRI week will be held in Prague 14-18 November 2016. The agenda (and all the presentations that will be given during the week) is available here. The ENVRI week will host project related sessions organizing the internal work around the six Themes of ENVRIplus. In addition, sessions reaching out beyond the ENVRIplus consortium will be held during the week (e.g. The Workshop focusing on the cooperation of Environmental Research Infrastructures & COPERNICUS or Workshop addressing the communication methods in the field of environmental science).
4th ENVRI week  will be held in Grenoble, France, 15-19 May 2017. Meeting with industrial partners (18-19 May), will be central to this event. ENVRIplus RIs and international organizations meet with industry to explore directions and opportunities for future joint actions and to promote new partnerships
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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. 
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