The Marine Cloud

The Marine Cloud environment is a cloud-based virtual desktop platform accessible from a web browser. The virtual desktop provides access to common tools and access to ample storage. Any data and analyses can be shared with others inside the platform.

The Marine Cloud is based on CoESRA, initiated by Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program (NCRIS). The project has a close collaboration with National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Facility (QCIF).


Key Features:

  • Instant access to standard tools: RStudio, Jupyter Notebook, Kepler Scientific Workflow, QGIS, Panoply.
  • Easy access provided with Australian Access Federation (AAF).
  • Virtual desktop environment accessible via a web browser, no additional client tools required. (Google Chrome is highly recommended)
  • The Ability to store data for both public and private use inside the environment.
  • Desktops are leased for a set period of time, but users can come back at any time and continue where they left off.



  • How do I use the Marine Cloud environment?

You can login and use the Marine Cloud environment at

  • Do I need to pay for the service?

No, the service is free of cost.

  • What Browser do I need to use to access the Marine Cloud?

Currently, the Marine Cloud works best on Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

  • Can I get a storage space?

Yes, all registered user will get a public and private home folder which are persistent and used to store data and workflows.

  • How long can I hold my desktop?

The normal lease time for a desktop is 14 days.

  • How can I use my own data in the desktop environment?

You can download data via web-based storage like Dropbox, Google Drive, CloudStor using web browser. Please store any downloaded data in your own home directory if you don’t want to share with others.

  • How can I copy and paste inside the Marine Cloud environment?

Use ctrl c and ctrl v to copy and paste inside virtual desktop. Mac users, please use ctrl c and ctrl v instead of command c and command v.

  • Can I change my virtual desktop settings?

We strongly recommend users not to make any changes to the virtual desktop setting because it may affect the working of the desktop . Any changes made by users will not be supported.

  • How can I share my data with other users?

You can store the data in the public folder “public_share_data” to make it accessible to other users.


Access Policy:
The Marine Cloud environment is authorised to used by registered users with Australian Access Federation (AAF) credentials and a genuine research need in the marine space. The registration is free, but the system owners have right to accept or reject any user.


Copyright and other rights in the material included in the Marine Cloud may belong to TPAC, University of Tasmania, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) at the University of Queensland or third parties. Logos are used with consent. The content contained within this portal is accessible under licenses specified by data providers. Please refer to specific licenses associated with specific content for relevant terms of use.


The Marine Cloud environment and its content are provided on an “as-is” and “as available” basis. You understand and agree that you use the Marine Cloud environment at your discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss whatsoever that results from such use including use of any data obtained through the Marine Portal.

Web links to this site from external, third party websites should not be constructed as implying any relationships with and/or endorsement of the external site or its content by TPAC or UTAS.

If you have any concerns about the veracity of the data or website content, please inform us via email


Privacy Policy
The Marine Cloud environment is administered by the University of Tasmania Privacy Policy.


User Responsibilities
Only users who have registered and provisioned the virtual machine should use the system.

The virtual machine should be released if it is not in use.