The European Commission, in 2016, launched the tender EASME/EMFF/2016/006 for developing and maintaining the EMODnet initiative as part of its Marine Knowledge 2020 strategy. The contract had a duration of three years starting from March 2017.
With different timing, all of the seven thematic portals launched in the previous phase were confirmed and further implemented:
Lot 1 Bathymetry
Lot 2 Geology
Lot 3 Seabed habitats
Lot 4 Chemistry
Lot 5 Biology
Lot 6 Physics
Lot 7 Human activities
EMODnet Chemistry third phase was coordinated by OGS and involved 27 partners and 16 subcontractors. In addition to ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, two further international organizations representing the interests of the Regional Sea Conventions (RSCs) for the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea were directly involved, while OSPAR (Oslo Paris Commission) and HELCOM (Helsinki Commission) provided a Letter of Support.
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) (in bold implementations with respect to the previous phase).
EMODnet Chemistry third phase adopted SeaDataNet infrastructure for the technical set-up. In this phase, EMODnet Chemistry approach was continued, upgraded where needed, and expanded to fulfill new requirements, such as management of marine litter data collected in open sea and on beaches.
Some of the most relevant implementations carried out by EMODnet Chemistry in this phase are:
- Inclusion of quality information about QA/QC procedures applied for sampling and laboratory analysis;
- DIVA maps of eutrophication parameters at basin scales for seasons in time;
- DIVA maps of contaminant distribution near coasts;
- Development of the Map viewer service to integrate viewing systems for time series and profiles;
- New dedicated database system and map layers for marine litter;
- New dedicated tools to manage seafloor and beach litter data;
- Set up and made operative the help desk.
The total budget was EUR 2,805,000 for both development and maintenance.