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EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree: Chemistry contribution, 14-18 June 2021

From 14 to 16 June 2021, EMODnet Chemistry has proudly contributed to the EMODnet Open Conference online event entitled Connecting Open Data, Delivering Marine Knowledge: A Vision for 2030.
On 17 June, EMODnet Chemistry took the opportunity of the back-to-back EMODnet Jamboree event, restricted to the EMODnet network, to anticipate its final 4th phase Project and Steering Committee meetings.
On 18 June, EMODnet Chemistry was invited to join the Workshop dedicated to Citizen Science.

Get informed on the events and day-by-day EMODnet Chemistry's contribution!

Key objectives of the Open Conference have been the following:

  • Celebrate and showcase a decade of progress across the EMODnet network;
  • Recognize and further develop existing and emerging partnerships across Europe and worldwide;
  • Listen to the user community on the value of EMODnet data, data products and services and what can be done to further optimize the user experience;
  • Gather stakeholder input and feedback on the next phase of EMODnet and the vision to 2030.

Hereafter EMODnet Chemistry contributions are reported.

  • Day 1, 14 June, Plenary session 1 - EMODnet Achievements and forward look
  • Day 1, 14 June, Plenary session 2 - EMODnet for Users: From open data to societal applications
  • Day 2, 15 June, Plenary session 3 - EMODnet Partnerships (Europe)
  • Day 2, 15 June, Breakout group discussions: EMODnet for Global.
    Alessandra Giorgetti, from OGS scientific coordinator of EMODnet Chemistry, was among the reporteurs.

  • Day 2, 15 June, Breakout group discussions: EMODnet for EU Green Deal
    Concerning how EMODnet data and data products are already contributing to EU Policy e.g. MSFD, MSP, Marina Lipizer from OGS says “EMODnet Chemistry has dedicated large efforts to establish dialogue with institutions in charge of the MSFD process, such as Regional Sea Conventions, European Environmental Agency, Joint Research Center and MSFD Technical Groups, in order to improve understanding of the needs to support marine environmental status assessment and to tune EMODnet efforts to better fit the requirements. Products to address several descriptors (e.g. D5 Eutrophication, D8 Contaminants and D10 Marine Litter) have been realized and periodically presented to a board of MSFD experts to evaluate their adequacy and fields of improvement.” And Lipizer on Priority gaps and requirements says “Stronger dissemination of the data, tools and services provided by EMODnet to member states and institutions in charge of marine policies implementation is required to promote its use and to further consolidate its role in the European data management landscape.”
  • Day 3, 16 June, Session 5 - Ocean Observing & Data Collection.
    Matteo Vinci from OGS presented EMODnet Chemistry - OBPS use case

Posters included in the Virtual poster exibition:

Day 1, 17 June - EMODnet Jamboree: EMODnet Chemistry 4th phase final Project and Steering Committee meetings

Day 2, 18 June - EMODnet Jamboree : Citizen Science Worshop

How is the data flow from citizen science projects, from ingestion to EMODnet?
M.E Molina Jack from OGS replies: “Talking about litter, it depends on the litter type. For example, for beach litter, there is already a big income from the consolidated EEA app named MarineLitter Watch. These data are converted into EMODnet format for beach litter and ingested into the dedicated database on a regular basis. In other cases the flow is more fragmented and not so consolidated. It must be said that EMODnet infrastructure and the pool of NODCs invest a lot of effort to facilitate the flow of data incoming from citizen science initiatives, specially from institutions.

How can quality of citizen science data be evaluated?
M.E Molina Jack says: “Litter is a young topic and the sampling process is very manual, so quality depends basically on the protocols applied and proper training. In EMODnet Chemistry, data from citizen science are subjected to the same type of check and validation as data from official monitoring programmes. EMODnet Chemistry trusts on the originators to improve the data quality thanks to a feedback loop, which works well when data come from well-known organisations, such as NGOs.”