The second annual meeting was organized in Istanbul (Turkey) from 15 to 16 June, 2015 and the second Interim report has been approved by the EU Commission on October 26, 2015.
Data collection and metadata compilation
Data collection has focused, during the second year, on dissolved gasses, chlorophyll and contaminants in the water column, and where relevant, also in biota and sediment, for all European Seas.
Data products generation in sea regions
Regional leaders have performed data aggregation, homogenization and quality check according to homogenous protocols and data validation. Generation of spatial interpolated maps of nutrient concentrations using DIVA tools has continued and 10-year running means of nutrient concentrations are now available for all EU basins and all seasons. A dynamic visualization service, producing plots of observation densities and temporal evolution of selected parameters is now available, as part of the new technical developments.
QA/QC validation – MSFD interaction
Results of the questionnaire on the inventory of QA/QC procedures valid for all matrices (water, sediment and biota) and specific for single matrices distributed to data providers during the first year have been analysed and synthetized in the technical report: EMODnet Chemistry 2 Quality Control inventory. As a follow up, best practices carried out by some partners are being collected to be shared to the whole EMODnet Chemistry community. MSFD interaction has involved participation to MSFD-EMODnet Coordination meetings and involvement of the Regional Sea Conventions in the EMODnet Expert group meeting to promote EMODNet Chemistry as a common platform for implementation of indicators on Descriptor 5 (Eutrophication) 8 and 9 (Contaminants).
Portal development and operation
The data portal is regularly updated and provides the new data products developed during the second year. Updated products are continuously uploaded, as they become available. A video tutorial will be soon made available to assist navigation and discovery of data products.
Analysis and recommendations
Results from the first survey set up together with SeaDataNet2 project have been analysed and a new, simplified, EMODnet2 Chemistry users survey has been circulated on 18/11/2015 to a wider audience to increase the knowledge of the EMODnet Chemistry and to collect feedback from people not necessary involved in the data management environment. The aim is to obtain useful feedbacks to drive the project developments also in a user oriented way.