In addition to the seas included in the ur-EMODnet phase (2009-2013), the new partners in the consortium are expanding the geographical scope of the work programme to include the White Sea, Barents Sea, the seas around Iceland and the Faroes, the Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast, the Western Mediterranean Sea (within EU waters), the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Central Mediterranean Sea (within EU waters), the Aegean-Levantine Sea (within EU waters – including the Turkish sector) and the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine).
Quaternary geology, which was not included in the ur-EMODnet phase or the current call, is an important part of the sea-bed substrate. During this phase of the EMODnet-Geology Project, work will commence to identify Quaternary geology information held by the project partners and an inventory will be made with definitions of terms that can be included in a geomorphological interpretation of the seabed. Work to harmonise all boundaries between national datasets would be a major scientific endeavour that is beyond the scope of this project, however the establishment of baseline Quaternary information that exists for the European seas will be a major contribution to defining areas where further research is required and will be of direct relevance to users of seabed information (e.g. the renewable energy sector).