Chemistry

Data & products on marine water quality

Why

The European Union has undertaken a cost - benefit analysis, evaluating the cost of marine observation in Europe amounting to circa 400 Million Euro per year for space data and another 1 Billion Euro per year for in-situ data. Consequently, as essential component of the Blue Growth strategy, DG MARE started the development of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), to improve access to information about the sea ( Marine Knowledge 2020).

In parallel, EU set the ambitious objective to reach within 2020 the goal of Good Environmental Status. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008) represents the legislative framework that drives Member States efforts to reach it.

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008) represents the legislative framework that drives Member States efforts to reach it.

The Integrated Maritime Policy supported the need to provide a European knowledge base able to drive sustainable development by launching in 2009 a new European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).

EMODnet Chemistry through a stepwise approach aims to provide high quality marine environmental data and related products on the scale of regions and sub-regions of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.