14/02/2017 - 15/02/2017
This conference aims to bring together European marine observation and data stakeholders. The event will discuss the existing and future observation and monitoring activities, data availability, and how the current European open marine data are fit-for-purpose to address concrete problems.
The event will:
- Present the outputs and findings of the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints;
- Seek inputs on stakeholders’ needs; and
- Discuss how marine monitoring and observation activities could be improved and better coordinated in Europe.
Glenn Nolan, EuroGOOS Secretary General, will deliver a talk on the European Ocean Observing System, EOOS, in the forward-looking plenary session on 15 February.
EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints assess the quality of the current European open marine data at the level of regional sea basins. By testing the data against specific end-user challenges, the checkpoints aim to demonstrate how well the current monitoring systems and data collection frameworks can meet the user needs. Checkpoints highlight data gaps, duplications, and bottlenecks. Six sea basin checkpoints are in operation in EMODnet. The first two checkpoints were initiated in the Mediterranean and the North Sea in 2013. Four other checkpoints covering the Arctic, Atlantic, Baltic and Black Sea were launched in 2015.