Chemistry

Data & products on marine water quality

Fifth Phase

On behalf of the European Commission, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), in July 2020, launched the tender EASME/2020/OP/0006 with a view to further developing and maintaining the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).

The EMODnet Chemistry Fifth Phase brings together a core group of 16 organizations, as partners and subcontractors, from 11 countries bordering European seas, mostly national marine monitoring agencies and major marine research institutes, complemented by experts in information technology and marine data management. The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS, Italy) has been confirmed as the Project Coordinator, as well as the Marine Information Service (MARIS, Netherlands) as the Technical Coordinator. 5 international organizations are also engaged: ICES – International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, and the four organizations representing the interests of the Regional Sea Conventions (RSCs): BSCS - Black Sea Commission Secretariat, UNEP/MAP - United Nation Environment Programme/Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan, OSPAR (Oslo Paris Commission) and HELCOM (Helsinki Commission). The open advisory forum was mantained to keep involvement with the wider network. The forum includes 28 advisors

The project aims to maintain and develop a more coherent, effective, and efficient EMODnet by means of the integration and centralization of the different thematic portals. For this purpose, a process of repatriation under europa.eu domain of all lot portals has been progressively taking place. Huge efforts are going to be dedicated to providing more service oriented outcomes and to stimulating their use by industry, policy and scientific data users.

The project is focused on the following groups of chemical variables:

The coverage area includes: the Black Sea, the Greater North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Norwegian Sea including Barents Sea, North East Atlantic (Celtic Seas, Iberian coast and Bay of Biscay, and Macaronesia).

Some of the most relevant implementations foreseen in this phase are:

  • Maintaining and improving a method of access to data chemistry observations held in repositories, in particular measurements of concentration of chemicals in seawater, sediments and biota, particularly those relevant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Water Framework Directive, the Nitrates Directive or to global climate change;
  • Constructing products from one or more data sources that provide users with information about the distribution and quality of parameters in time and space;
  • Maintaining and improving procedures for machine-to-machine connections for all data and data products while ensuring a common approach along the different lots;
  • Interacting with the administrators of the EMODnet central portal to ensure that the data and data products can be found, viewed and downloaded with ease from that central portal;
  • Providing content for a reserved space for the chemistry thematic group within the EMODnet central portal;
  • Ensuring coherence with efforts of regional sea conventions and other relevant local actors;
  • Engaging with EU reporting mechanisms (e.g. through participation in working groups TG-DATA);
  • Exploiting opportunities for interoperability with data distributed by non-EU organisations;
  • Actively participating in the INSPIRE Directive and Digital Earth processes and ensuring compliance;
  • Monitoring quality and performance and dealing with user feedback through a help desk service;
  • Maintaining continuity with the thematic portals for a maximum of six months from the start of the contract.

The total budget is EUR 2,234,000.