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 was coordinated by OGS and involved 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 was focused on the following groups of chemical variables:

The coverage area included: 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 was continued, upgraded where needed, and expanded.

Some of the most achievements obtained in this phase were:

  • Gathering and managing new marine litter types, such as floating micro litter, and imaging in the seafloor;
  • 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 European scale, per sea basin and per specific coastal areas;
  • The overall portal and structure of services improved.

The total budget was EUR 1,399,000.