Data & products on marine water quality


The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is the long-term initiative launched in 2009 by the DG MARE (EU Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries). EMODnet is part of the Blue Growth strategy, Marine Knowledge 2020, and its main task is to ensure that European marine data will become easily accessible, interoperable, and free of restrictions on use.

EMODnet consists in a consortium of organisations, which provides the gateway to marine data in Europe by means of the Central portal and seven discipline-based thematic portals:

Human activities
Seabed habitats

Additionally, the Data Ingestion portal allows to identify and to reach out other potential providers.

EMODnet Chemistry first goal is to provide interoperable, high quality and publicly available data and products on marine water quality issues. Its activity is firstly to collect, validate, and guarantee access to marine pollution data streams, and secondly generate and publish corresponding data products.

EMODnet Chemistry is focused on eutrophication, ocean acidification, contamination, and marine litter issues which are relevant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and to global climate change. The data have been brought together for different group of variables in seawater, sediment and biota.

Currently six major European sea regions are covered by EMODnet Chemistry: Arctic Ocean (Norwegian Sea including Barents Sea), Baltic Sea, Northeast Atlantic Ocean (Celtic Sea, Iberian coast and Bay of Biscay, Macaronesia), North Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea.

Detailed information on EMODnet Chemistry are accessible through the submenu on the left. In addition, users can also find:

  • Guidelines that includes technical documents, such as specifications and user manuals, which explain in detail the EMODnet Chemistry activity;
  • Reports to EU that includes all documents, describing the EMODnet Chemistry work, which are periodically delivered to the EMODnet Secretariat and DG MARE;
  • Project meetings includes conferences and workshops, that mainly involve EMODnet Chemistry partners in activities like revising progress and setting the priorities for future developments. These meetings are also dedicated to evaluating different technical aspects.