The success of ATLASea depends on the implementation of a pipeline for the massive production of high-quality genomic data on marine species. It is therefore a large-scale version of processes already largely mastered by the programme’s partners. In this respect, the main challenge is to increase our capacity to achieve the desired throughput while controlling costs and quality. A second major challenge is to effectively articulate the main elements of the process that will enable us to sample living organisms in the sea to produce a digitised version of their genomes in computers.

To meet these challenges, we have organised the ATLASea programme into three Targeted Projects (DIVE-Sea, SEQ-Sea, BYTE-Sea) which form the backbone of the data production pipeline.