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Applying modelled, broad scale habitat maps in MPA network evaluations: the Western Mediterranean Sea Case Study

The pan-European map presenting the distribution of modelled broad scale seabed habitats (EUSeaMap v2016) made available through the EMODnet Seabed Habitats project, was crucial in the assessment recently performed by ISPRA in collaboration with the European Environment Agency to compile information on the distribution of all  marine broad-scale habitats for the whole Western Mediterranean basin.

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EMODnet Biology helps preventing the introduction of non-indigenous species

Non-indigenous species (NIS) introduced by human activities are organisms moved into new areas outside their natural range by, for example, transfer of ships’ ballast water, biofouling and aquaculture. The EMODnet biology data were used to assess the trends in new records of NIS introductions into the OSPAR Maritime Area...

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EMODnet Human Activities facilitating pipeline route selection

As is often the case with human activity, pipelines can be extremely useful, while at the same time very dangerous. EMODnet Human Activities recently created a dataset on offshore pipelines. Albeit incomplete, the dataset shows the true potential of EMODnet.

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Making marine data available to the global scientific community: the UG-MESA marine services case

The University of Ghana deployed a wave rider buoy near the Cape Verde islands for collection of in-situ data on ocean parameters such as wave height and sea surface temperature for validation purposes. In order to make this data available to the global scientific community, collaboration was established with EMODnet Physics to host this data on their distribution platform. The impact of this collaboration has been tremendous, as the data is made easily accessible to both African and European partner institutions, as well as other users.

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EMODnet compliance with the INSPIRE Directive: a matter of fact

The EMODnet Chemistry portal has tested the application of INSPIRE Data Specifications to model nutrient data (MSFD Criterion D5C1 “Nutrients concentrations in water”) in the Mediterranean Sea. The use case builds on the Technical Guidelines related to Environmental Monitoring Facilities (EMF) and Oceanographic Geographical Features (OF) themes and to the Observations and Measurement (O&M) data model and was developed in collaboration with the SeaDataCloud and MEDCIS projects. The exercise demonstrated the completeness of EMODnet Chemistry metadata with respect to INSPIRE requirements and the feasibility to map EMODnet to INSPIRE models.

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Validation of SAR satellite based information products (wave height) and combination with EMODnet station data (Significant Wave Height HS )

With data of EMODnet Physics portal, DFD is validating the wave parameter of significant wave height HS (which is derived from satellite imagery e.g., from Sentinel-1) at DFD’s ground station in Neustrelitz. Currently the validation chain for SAR derived wind and wave products based on the EMODnet measurement station network is being developed. First results show the benefit for the service validation in general.

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EMODnet Seabed Habitats is crucial in assessing the extent of physical damage to benthic habitats in the North-East Atlantic

EMODnet Seabed Habitats data enabled the mapping of potential disturbance to benthic habitats due to fishing in the north-east Atlantic. The assessment was part of the wider OSPAR Intermediate Assessment 2017, which evaluates the status of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.

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EMODnet Chemistry contributes to UNEP/ Map Quality Status Report 2017

EMODnet Chemistry contributed to the Quality Status Report 2017 of UNEP/MAP with a Case Study on Long-term variability along a trophic gradient in the North Adriatic Sea.

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‘Symphony’ and marine spatial planning in Swedish Geology

Symphony is a tool used by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) to assess the cumulative impact of human activity in Swedish waters. In this operation, EMODnet Geology and the Bathymetry portals provided with good knowledge of the distribution of geological substrate types.

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Mediterranean Wind Wave Model

It is not an easy task for a met-ocean data user to clearly understand which data have been used in the calibration / validation phase of the hindcast database, the use of EMODnet Physics as the main source for observed marine data collection is highlighted in the description of the DHI’s MWM product.

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