The European Commission, in its EU's Maritime Policy Blue Book, in 2007, undertook to take steps towards EMODnet in order to improve availability of high quality data.
Four service contracts were launched for creating pilot components of EMODnet, including discipline-based thematic portals:
Lot 1 Hydrographic data
Lot 2 Marine geological data
Lot 3 Chemical data
Lot 4 Biological data
EMODnet Chemistry pilot phase was coordinated by OGS and involved 25 partner.
The project was focused on groups of chemical variables required for the MSFD monitoring programs related to descriptors 5 (eutrophication), 8 (contaminants) and 9 (contaminants in fish/seafood for human consumption):
The coverage area included: the Black Sea, the Greater North Sea and some spots of the Mediterranean Sea.
SeaDataNet infrastructure was used to ensure interoperability and harmonization between the four EMODnet pilots.
In detail, EMODnet adopted:
- SDN Standards for background data and metadata, and for product data and metadata,
- CDI mechanism to access background data with data policy,
- ODV format for background data exchange,
- SDN Security Services for users registrations, and SDN Delivery Services for background data access and downloading,
- DIVA software tool to produce gridded data products and error maps products from the background data as NetCDF files.
- SDN Products catalogue (CAMIOON system) and SDN Products viewing services for free unlimited discovery, access, visualization and downloading of data products.