The AquaMaps Virtual Research Environment

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The AquaMaps Virtual Research Environment is for providing fisheries and aquaculture scientists with facilities for producing and accessing species predictive distribution maps showing the likelihood that a certain species or a combination of species will live in specific regions or areas.


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The main facilities this VRE offers are:

  • AquaMaps Data Administration: to enable VRE Data Managers to produce new versions of the AquaMaps datasets (the datasets exploited by the AquaMaps service to produce species distribution maps). Such datasets include HSPEC (an estimation of species occurrence by species and cell), HSPEN (an envelop representing the tolerance of species wrt environmental parameters), and HCAF (environmental parameters by cell) while the algorithms that can be used to produce new versions of them include Linear or Parabolic Interpolations, Native and Suitable Range, Native 2050 and Suitable 2050 Range;
  • AquaMaps Maps Generation: to enable users to produce species and biodiversity predictive distribution maps. The portlet make it possible to select the set of species to analysed, to define the data to use and to submit massive generation tasks leading to the production of AquaMaps objects representing the maps eventually including their GIS version;
  • Search: to enable users to discover information objects over a number of collections via a keyword-based Google-like search, an advanced query consisting of diverse criteria per field, or via browsing. Collections are either materialised set of information objects or virtual collections resulting from the interaction with existing data sources (e.g. via harvesting or via query);
  • Documents Workflow facilities: to enable users (i) to define complex workflows (including steps and roles users should have to perform certain steps) governing the production of gCube documents, (ii) to instantiate such workflows to actual documents to be collaboratively created, and (iii) to monitor workflow execution;
  • Workspace: to enable every user to store and organise the information objects he/she is interested to work with. In addition to that, the user is allowed to collaborate with other users by sharing objects and messages;
  • VRE Management: to enable authorised users (i.e. VRE Managers) to manage other users using or willing to access the VRE. VRE Managers can (i) authorise users in accessing the VRE, (ii) assign or withdraw roles to users, (iii) remove users, and (iv) send a communication to the current users.


The main datasets that are available via the services hosted by this VRE include datasets needed to the AquaMaps algorithm (i.e. HSPEC, an estimation of species occurrence by species and cell; HSPEN, an envelop representing the tolerance of species wrt environmental parameters; and HCAF, environmental parameters by cell), time series graphs produced by FAO (aquaculture, capture, production, and trade), fact sheets produced by FAO on introduced species and cultured aquatic species, maps produced by FAO on country, Current National Legislation Overview (NALO) and National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO).


  • (DONE) gCube 2.7.2 (December '11);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.7.3 (February '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.8.0 (March '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.8.1 (April '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.9.0 (June '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.9.1 (August '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.11.0 (October '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.12.0 (February '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.13.0 (March '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.14.0 (May '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.15.0 (June '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.16.0 (July '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.17.0 (December '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.17.1 (December '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 3.0.0 (March '14);
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