The Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL)
The Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL), a component of the Nectar-funded Virtual Laboratory program, is a research tool intended to significantly reduce the time required to gather the necessary initial conditions and forcing fields for an oceanographic model study. MARVL, accessed through a web-based portal (WebMARVL), allows a user to quickly and easily configure an ocean general circulation or wave model through a simple interface, reducing the time to configure a regional model to a few minutes. Through WebMARVL, a user is prompted to define the basic options needed for a model configuration, including the: model, run duration, spatial extent, and input data. Once all aspects of the configuration are selected, a series of data extraction, reprocessing, and repackaging services are run, and a “take-away bundle” is prepared for download. Building on the information infrastructure of IMOS, WebMARVL also extracts all of the available observations for the chosen time-space domain. The user is able to download the take-away bundle, and use it to run the model of their choice.
Models supported by WebMARVL include three community ocean general circulation models
and two community wave models
The model configuration from the take-away bundle is intended to be a starting point for scientific research. A schematic describing MARVL can be found here.