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Beach litter vocabularies

This page provides the official and updated lists of terms used to describe beach litter data in the EMODnet Chemistry format. The beach litter validator checks the compliance of the terms used in beach litter files with these official lists.

Access Type

Code Description
Boat The beach can be accessed by boat
Pedestrian The beach can be accessed by pedestrian
Vehicle The beach can be accessed by vehicle

Animal Condition

Code Description
Alive Animal found was alive
Dead Animal found was dead

Animal Sex

Code Description
Female Animal found was female
Male Animal found was male

Items Reference Lists

Code Description
ITA ITALIAN reference list according to the monitoring program for the marine strategy of the Italian Ministry of Environment (Programmi di Monitoraggio Per la Strategia Marina Art. 11, D.lgs. 190/2010)
OSPAR OSPAR reference list (Guideline for Monitoring Marine Litter on the Beaches in the OSPAR Maritime Area, 2010)
OSPAR_1000 OSPAR reference list for 1000 m surveys (Guideline for Monitoring Marine Litter on the Beaches in the OSPAR Maritime Area, 2010)
TSG_ML TSG_ML reference list (Guidance on Monitoring of Marine Litter in European Seas. MSFD Technical Subgroup on Marine Litter, 2013)
UNEP UNEP reference list (UNEP/IOC Guidelines on Survey and Monitoring of Marine Litter, 2009)
UNEP_MARLIN UNEP reference list adapted by MARLIN project (Final report of Baltic marine Litter project Marlin - litter monitoring and Raising awareness, 2011-2013)

Cleaning Frequency

Code Description
Daily Cleaning done every day
Weekly Cleaning done every week
Monthly Cleaning done every month
Other Other frequency of cleaning

Cleaning Method

Code Description
Manual The cleaning of the beach is done manually
Mechanical The cleaning of the beach is done mechanically

Beach Direction

Code Description
N North
NE North East
E East
SE South East
S South
SW South West
W West
NW North West

Beach Material

Code Description
MudToSandyMud Beach material according to EMODnet Geology five class sediment categorization is mud to sandy mud
Sand Beach material according to EMODnet Geology five class sediment categorization is sand
CoarseSediment Beach material according to EMODnet Geology five class sediment categorization is coarse sediment
MixedSediment Beach material according to EMODnet Geology five class sediment categorization is mixed sediment
RockAndBoulders Beach material according to EMODnet Geology five class sediment categorization is rock and boulders

Ship or Harbour Type

Code Description
Passengers Passengers ship
Merchant Merchant ship
Military Military ship
Recreational Recreational ship
Other Types of ships not contemplated in the list (i.e. local administration ships or research ships)
AllKinds All types of ships
Fishing Fishing ships including ships used for acquaculture

Survey Type

Code Description
Cleaning The survey is done during cleaning
Research The survey is done for research
Monitoring The survey is done for monitoring (MLW, citizen science, NGOs,...)
MSFD_monitoring The survey is done for MSFD official monitoring

Urbanisation Degree

Code Description
Rural Thinly-populated area
Urban Densely populated area, 500 inhabitants/km2 and total population at least 50,000 inhabitants
Periurban Intermediate area,100 inhabitants/km2 and at least 50,000 inhabitants or adjacent to a densely-populated area

Weather Condition

Code Description
Wind During the survey there was wind
Rain During the survey there was rain
Snow During the survey there was snow
Ice During the survey there was ice
Fog During the survey there was fog
SandStorm During the survey there was a sandstorm
ExceptionallyHighTide During the survey there was an exceptionally high tide
Other Other conditions can be specified