Stress-testing European Marine Data Towards a European Ocean Observing System - EMODnet Stakeholder Conference & Sea-basin Workshops (14-15/02/2017, Brussels, Belgium)

The upcoming EMODnet Stakeholder Conference & Sea-basin Workshop will be held on 14-15 February 2017. The Final Conference Programme and list of speakers is now available for your information from the Conference webpage. The Conference brings together EMODnet experts and interested stakeholders to consider whether marine data collected via current observation and monitoring activities in Europe serve the needs of those who rely upon marine knowledge derived from observations and monitoring data. Findings of the EMODnet Sea-basin data stress tests (Checkpoints) will be presented to consider how open marine data repositories can better serve users facing real problems. Finally, the participants will discuss how to improve and better coordinate the existing and future monitoring and observation activities in Europe.

In short, the main objectives of the EMODnet Stakeholder Conference are to:

  •  - Inform interested stakeholders about the outputs and findings of the EMODnet Sea-basin data stress-tests;
  •  - Consider how to improve future data adequacy assessments and outputs by seeking input from stakeholders’ needs and identification of gaps.
  •  - Look forward with Stakeholders from science, policy, industry and civil society on how marine monitoring and observation activities could be improved and better coordinated in Europe. 

The Conference will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 February 2017 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium.  

The Conference is free to attend but registration is obligatory.

About the Conference

The Conference aims to mobilise a wide group of interested stakeholders to consider joint issues, present common findings as well as highlighting differences between the Sea-basins as identified by the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints in terms of existing and future monitoring and observation activities, data availability and usefulness to address real problems.   

EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints assess the quality of the current observation monitoring data at the level of the 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 provides data to meet the needs of users. In doing so, data gaps and duplications as well as significant bottlenecks are being highlighted.

Six sea basin checkpoints are in operation. The first two checkpoints were initiated in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea in 2013. Four other Checkpoints covering the Arctic, Atlantic, Baltic and Black Sea were launched mid-2015.

For more information about the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints, consult the EMODnet central portal information pages at http://www.emodnet.eu/checkpoints.

About EMODnet

EMODnet is a network of more than 160 organisations working together to observe the seas, to make marine data freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products via the internet. The primary aim of EMODnet is to unlock already existing but fragmented and hidden marine data and make them accessible for a wider range of users including private bodies, public authorities and researchers. Currently, seven thematic assembly groups have been created to develop thematic web-based Data Portals covering data resources from diverse fields including hydrography, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, physical habitats and human activities. Many of these thematic portals are already operational. In addition, six Sea-basin Checkpoints have been established to assess the observation capacity and adequacy of marine data available at regional Sea-basin level. To strengthen the coherence and functionality for users, a common ‘EMODnet Entry Portal’ provides an entry point delivering access to data, metadata and data products held by EMODnet thematic sites.


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