Data & products on marine water quality


Happy new year from EMODnet Chemistry: 2021 Top 5
11 January 2022

We wish all EMODnet Chemistry partners and ambassadors, peace, joy and prosperity throughout the new year. We really want to thank you for your continued support and involvement, looking forward to working with you, and for you, over the next few years.

EMODnet Chemistry, your gateway to water quality data as part of EMODnet, has successfully concluded its tenth year of operation, providing access to datasets and data products on eutrophication, ocean acidification, contaminants, and marine litter. A new phase has just started with a new vision and new challenges.

Read the Top 5 EMODnet Chemistry highlights of the year !

1. Expanded quantity and quality of data, thanks to the strict cooperation of 66 data centres and over 500 data originators.

  • Circa 130.000 more datasets were added to the CDI data discovery and Access Service for a total of 1.130.000 CDI entries.
  • New types of data were included: 357 floating micro-litter surveys, and 32 surveys of micro-litter in sediment.
  • Metadata and data quality were significantly checked and improved according to MSFD and Copernicus Marine Service purposes.

2. Increased the number of quality, user-targeted data products.

3. Published scientific papers supporting Open Science principles.

4. Confirmed as the platform for EU marine pollution in situ observations.

  • The EC Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) required Member States to include micro-litter data into the regular ingestion of the MSFD monitoring marine litter data.
  • EMODnet Chemistry contributed to the Joint List of Litter Categories for Marine Macrolitter Monitoring.
  • A stronger cooperation with EC-JRC and the MSFD group of experts on contaminants was established.
  • On Regional Sea Conventions, EMODnet Chemistry has been including HELCOM data into the beach litter database and has been contributing to the 2023 UNEP/MAP Mediterranean Quality Status Report .
  • The European Environment Agency has increasingly been relying on EMODnet Chemistry to exchange data and data products for populating the indicators and drawing up the report on the environmental status .
  • EMODnet Chemistry data products are indexed and made available via the Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service , the European marine thematic platform of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
  • Copernicus started using EMODnet Chemistry data collections and a first joint data product portfolio for the MSFD was released.
  • EMODnet Chemistry has been increasing its interaction with the EUROqCHARM project, which analyses and evaluates existing methodologies for plastic pollution assessment, and harmonizes them on a European level.

5. Advanced the global cooperation

  • The UN Global Ocean Oxygen Database and Atlas (GO2DAT), the UN Global Ocean Acidification (SDG14.3.1) Data Portal, the UN Global Partnership on Marine Litter Digital Platform (GPML) and the NOAA/NCEI – World Ocean Atlas received contributions from EMODnet Chemistry for their implementation.
  • EMODnet Chemistry participated in the realization of the Sulitest module (a set of questions) for literacy on the Goal 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .
  • With the G20 International Experts on Marine Plastic Litter Monitoring Data Sharing Project , EMODnet Chemistry has been discussing the prototype ‘Microplastics Data-sharing System’ to collect and give free access to microplastic data on a global scale, and the proposals for a ‘Data Entry Form Sheet’ and a ‘Data List Sheet’.
  • The partnership has been participating in the Global Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution Ontology peer review process .

More than ever, EMODnet Chemistry is open minded to new perspectives and user needs!