The third annual meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from 8 to 9 June, 2016 at the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). The final report is in progress of preparation.
Data collection and metadata compilation
Data collection has focused, during the third year, mostly 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 for dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll. Procedures for data aggregation and parameter grouping for contaminants in the different matrices have been discussed and shared within EMODnet SC, with collaboration of additional experts, in order to agree on a method which satisfies the need of visualizing time evolution of selected group of measurements (as required by the call) and is feasible and scientifically correct. Dynamic plots of observation densities and temporal evolution of selected parameters is now available for fertilizers and silicates and will be implemented for selected contaminants. Spatial interpolated maps of nutrient concentrations produced by DIVA tools are available for all seasons and all EU basins; maps will be produced also for dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll a concentration, where data spatial resolution is sufficient.
QA/QC validation – MSFD interaction
On the basis of the results of the questionnaire on the inventory of QA/QC procedures valid for all matrices (water, sediment and biota) distributed during the first year, specific information on QC procedures carried out for contaminants have been collected and will be shared and discussed with the whole EMODnet Chemistry community during the third year meeting. MSFD interaction has involved further participation to MSFD-EMODnet Coordination meeting 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 third 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
A second 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 was to obtain useful feedbacks to drive the project developments also in a user oriented way. Results have been analysed and will be presented during the third year meeting.