Data & products on marine water quality

Fourth Phase

The European Commission, in 2019, launched the tender EASME/2019/OP/0003 for developing and maintaining the EMODnet initiative.The contract had a duration of two years starting from October 2019.

EMODnet Chemistry fourth phase is coordinated by OGS and involves 13 partners, 3 subcontractors and 32 advisories. Due to the consistent budget cut, the partnership was considerably reduced and an open advisory forum was created to keep involvement with the wider network.

1 former NERC-BODC
2 former IHPT

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).

EMODnet Chemistry fourth phase adopted SeaDataNet infrastructure for the technical set-up. In this phase, EMODnet Chemistry approach will be continued, upgraded where needed, and expanded.

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

  • Gathering and managing new marine litter types, such as floating macro litter, imaging in the seafloor, and microlitter in sediments;
  • Closer engagement and cooperation with MSFD process and Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS);
  • Overall enrichment of metadata;
  • A first use of the Collaborative Virtual Environment (CVE) to streamline data processing with online ODV software;
  • The interpolated DIVA maps of eutrophication parameters at basin scales for seasons in time will be updated to cover the last few years;
  • The dedicated DIVA maps of contaminant distribution near coasts will be upgraded in the viewing services;
  • The overall portal and structure of services will be further improved, where needed, and an API (machine-to-machine service) is planned for opening the validated and aggregated data collections to RSCs, EEA, CMEMS and other possible stakeholders.

The total budget was EUR 1,399,000.