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The EMODNET Arctic Sea-basin Checkpoint is a sea-basin monitoring system assessment activity aiming to support sustainable growth in the blue economy by assessing the potential of current marine observation and data services to address targeted end-user applications in the Arctic.


The objective of the project is to examine the current data collection, observation, surveying, sampling and data assembly programmes in the Arctic sea basin, analyse how they can be optimised and deliver the findings through this internet portal.


Geographic coverage

The Arctic Ocean includes the following water bodies: Baffin Bay, Barents Sea, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Greenland Sea, Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, Northwest Passage, and other tributary water bodies.


Approach and Challenges

The approach will demonstrate whether current Arctic data is fit-for-purpose in eleven marine and maritime challenge areas. Data obtained from a variety of sources will be assessed on the basis of availability, accessibility, uncertainty and adequacy. The eleven challenges are:

  • Windfarm Siting
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Oil Platform Leaks
  • Climate change
  • Coastal protection
  • Fishery Management
  • Fishing Impacts
  • Eutrophication
  • Riverine Inputs
  • Bathymetry
  • Alien Species

Discover the challenges


The project runs from 2015-2018.

10th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting

The next EMODnet Steering Committee meeting will take place from 19/11/2018 at 14:00 till 20/11/2018 at 17:30 in Brussels. The EMODnet Steering Committee meets twice a year to revise progress and set the priorities for future developments. 

19 Nov 2018 to 20 Nov 2018
Brussels, Belgium

EOOS Conference 2018 | Evolving the European Ocean Observing System - Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions

The first EOOS Conference will take place in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.
21 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018
The Egg, 175 Bara Street, 1070 Brussel