Data & products on marine water quality

How are products generated

The harmonised, standardized and validated data collections have been used to generate the related products, by means of different methods and technologies as described hereafter.


Gridded climatologies

These products have been generated with the Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis (DIVA) method by using the DIVA software. This tool allows to spatially interpolate sparse and irregularly distributed in situ observations on a regular grid. Additionally, it allows to compute error maps for the gridded fields, which reflect accuracy and distribution of the observations, and are fundamental to assess the reliability of the gridded fields. Main products are combined DIVA 4D 6-year analysis of each variable concentration masked using the relative error threshold 0.5. The boundaries and overlapping zones between regions were filtered to avoid any unrealistic spatial discontinuities.

The detailed methodology is described in the User Manual for regional climatologies with DIVA.

Eutrophication and Ocean Acidification

Spatial distribution and dynamic plots

These products are generated on the fly by the user. Clicking on each sampling station on the map gives access to dynamic plots, time series or vertical profiles, which are automatically generated from the harmonized, standardized, and validated data collections. This system can be dynamically customized and is based on the Web Processing Service (WPS) Interface Standard.


Spatial distribution and MSFD focused data evaluation

EMODnet Chemistry makes available maps regarding Anthracene, Benzo[A]pyrene, Fluoranthene, Hexachlorobenzene, Naphthalene, DDT, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Tributyltin. Contaminant products have been developed according to the primary criteria D8C1 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC). In particular, they are focused on the requirements under the Commission Decision 2017/848, laying down criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status of marine waters, and specifications and methods for monitoring and assessment. The use of a geo database has allowed to make the necessary queries for the production of the maps based on the matching criteria.

The detailed methodology is described in the Proposal for generating dedicated maps on contaminants.

Marine Litter

Spatial distribution, composition and abundance

The harmonization of all the data has been the most challenging task considering the heterogeneity of the data sources, sampling protocols and reference lists used on a European scale.
Concerning beach litter, many preliminary processing were necessary to harmonize all the data: selection of protocols, separation of monitoring surveys from research and cleaning operations, normalization processes, removal of some categories and some litter types etc.
Concerning seafloor litter, the preliminary processing had to take into account that within the same protocol, different gear types are deployed during fishing bottom trawl surveys.

The detailed methodology is described in the User Manual for Beach and Seafloor Litter visualization products.

Map Viewer

The EMODnet Chemistry products visualization is possible thanks to a python WSGI server software implementing the Web Map Service (WMS) protocol. This web server is based on open standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), in particular WMS and Web Feature Service (WFS). These standards define a protocol for describing, requesting and querying two-dimensional maps at a given depth and time.

Catalogue service

Ifremer developed the Catalogue service software which is based on open source GeoNetwork. The catalogue offers search filters adapted to EMODnet Chemistry, and provides CSW endpoint which is used for harvesting into catalogues of other portals. Each data product record provides Inspire-compliant description, view and download link: access to layers in Map viewer, OPeNDAP service (for gridded products), portal DOI landing pages, ODV extractor service (Available soon, by AWI) and direct download links.