Using Virtual Research Environments in Agro-Environmental Research

R.M. Lokers, M.J.R. Knapen*, L. Candela, S.B. Hoek, W.M.L. Meijninger

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Tackling some of the grand global challenges, agro-environmental research has turned more and more into an international venture, where distributed research teams work together to solve complex research questions. Moreover, the interdisciplinary character of these challenges requires that a large diversity of different data sources and information is combined in new, innovative ways. There is a pressing need to support researchers with environments that allow them to efficiently work together and co-develop research. As research is often data-intensive, and big data becomes a common part of a lot of research, such environments should also offer the resources, tools and workflows that allow to process data at scale if needed. Virtual research environments (VRE), which combine working in the Cloud, with collaborative functions and state of the art data science tools, can be a potential solution. In the H2020 AGINFRA+ project, the usability of the VREs has been explored for use cases around agro-climatic modelling. The implemented pilot application for crop growth modelling has successfully shown that VREs can support distributed research teams in co-development, helps them to adopt open science and that the VRE’s cloud computing facilities allow large scale modelling applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Software Systems
Subtitle of host publicationData Science in Action: 13th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2020Wageningen, The Netherlands, February 5–7, 2020 Proceedings
EditorsI.N. Athanasiadis, S.P. Frysinger, G. Schimak, W.J. Knibbe
ISBN (Electronic)9783030398156
ISBN (Print)9783030398149
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2020
EventISESS 2020: 13th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2020, Wageningen, The Netherlands, February 5–7, 2020 - Wageningen, Wageningen
Duration: 5 Feb 20207 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


ConferenceISESS 2020


  • Agro-climatic modelling
  • Big data
  • Crop growth modelling
  • Data science
  • Virtual research environment


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