Virtual Laboratory: MARVL

Marvl: Marine Virtual Laboratory

Lead Organisation: University of Tasmasnia

MARVL enables researchers interested in marine modelling access to an online portal that simplifies the process of marine modelling. It allows researchers to obtain a pre-prepared package using simple workflow by combining geographic location, datasets, forcing data and processing power, all within the cloud.


  • Researchers requiring marine modeling.
  • Academics teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Marine Managers.
  • Consultants.


  • Efficiently configure a range of different community coastal/ocean and wave models for any region, for any time period, with model specifications of their choice, through a user-friendly web application.
  • Access data sets to initialise and force a model.
  • Discover and assemble ocean observations from IMOS and AODN in a format that is suitable for model evaluation or data assimilation.
  • Helps marine scientists make better use of ocean observations to improve forecasting and planning for marine and coastal environments.

“It’s always been an aspiration of mine to bring observations and modelling together, and the Nectar virtual laboratory program provided the infrastructure for the marine science community to do this.”

Dr Roger Proctor, oceanographer

MARVL development has been led by the University of Tasmania, including eMII and the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing, and acknowledges funding from the Nectar project.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.