- ICES and EMODnet Chemistry providing a comprehensive European data source for the European Environment Agency
- 12 April 2018
In December 2017, the European Environment Agency decided to cancel its WISE SoE - Water quality in transitional, coastal and marine waters - annual data call. This is a voluntary call for member states (the so called EIONET partners) and is used to feed the EEA Core indicators and also thematic assessments under the State of the Environment reports (SoEr) for both freshwater and marine waters. The reason for cancelling, was partly driven by the lack of good coverage of data coming via this SoE data call, especially in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, but also EIONET and TGDATA participants pushing for the inclusion of EMODnet as a data stream to the EEA. So the approach now would be to use ICES and EMODnet Chemistry to provide a comprehensive European data source for EEA Marine Indicators on contaminants (Biota) and Eutrophication (Chl a, Nutrients) and a pipeline on oxygen saturation. These data will also feed the SoEr via thematic assessments. The EEA indicators will be published by mid 2018 and updated every 2 years.
The EEA is an EU agency tasked with providing sound, independent information on the environment. It operates as major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.