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LifeWatch is the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research meant to provide advanced capabilities for research on the complex biodiversity system. The term ‘research infrastructure' refers strategic installation at european/international level supplying facilities, resources and related services to the scientific and other user's communities to conduct top-level activities in their respective field of science. On the top of that, e-Science infrastructures capitalise existing resources and data from physical infrastrutures, distributed centres and signle research groups. The capabilities offered by the LifeWatch, as a e-Science infrastructure, allow users to tackle the big basic questions in biodiversity, as well to address the urgent societal challenges concerning biodiversity, ecosystems and other crosscutting issues.

The LifeWatch Marine Virtual Research Environment (VRE)

The LifeWatch Marine Virtual Research Environment (VRE)
portal has just been launched, bringing together several marine resources, data bases, data systems, web services, tools, etc. into one marine virtual research environment (VRE). 
This portal can be considered as a first bottom-up development demonstrating potential and capability emulating the LifeWatch objectives. 

The Marine VRE allows researchers to retrieve and access data resources holding marine biodiversity and ecosystem data, a range of data systems on species names, traits, distribution and genes. 

A set of online tools is available to facilitate data analysis of marine biodiversity and ecosystem data, and analysis can be performed on data from known data resources and/or data uploaded by the users themselves. Should a researcher need a specifically adapted service, the Marine VRE gives the possibility to build his/her own marine virtual lab, making use of the web services that access and process data.

Service catalogues and 'how to' manuals will guide the users during the development of their own system. 
The Marine VRE is already looking to the future, working to further increase the integration and interaction between its components. 

Visit and find out more about its features and services.


You will find below our Show Cases,  examples of what LifeWatch is aiming to put in place. During this year LifeWatch team will release  three ShowCases: Migratory Birds, Wetlands and Alien Species, coordinated under a collaborative international spirit and focused in pressing scientific issues related to biodiversity
Show Cases - Alien Species Show Case
This section contains information in invasive alien species (IAS) and why they pose threat to biological diversity
  • What are the invasive alien species?
  • What is the problem? IAS are a main cause of biodiversity the global level.
  • What does it matter? IAS have affected native biota in almost every ecosystem type.   »
Alien Species Map


LifeWatch Introduction