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Scope

The scope of this challenge was to check the fitness for use of the available marine data sets to first analyze the existing network of Marine Protected Areas with respect to fishery activities & climate change impact, then determine whether the network constitutes a representative and coherent network as described in Article 13 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and  how MPAs are likely to be affected by Climate Change, or to indicate gaps in the EU data collection framework.

This activity of the EU BlackSea checkpoint project (DG MARE contract n° EASME/EMFF/2014/1.3.1.3/LOT4/SI2.709436) has been executed during the 2015-2018 period of time. The methodology used is identical to all challenges.

  • Production of a literature survey to identify state of the art activities related to the use case and clarify the landscape of monitoring data covering the BlackSea;
  • Specification of needs for production and realisation of the product;
  • Evaluation of the adequacy of monitoring data, that is their availability and appropriateness.

The team participating in the challenge was:

  • Institute of Оceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, IO-BAS, Bulgaria(Leader)
  • National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”, NIMRD, Romania
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, CMCC, Italy
  • Collecte Localisation Satellites, CLS, France
  • ORION – Joint Research and Development Centre, ORION, Cyprus
  • Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea, UkrSCES, Ukraine
  • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, TSU, Georgia
  • Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University, IMS, Turkey
  • P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, SIO-RAS, Russia
  • SC Marine Research Srl, SCMR, Romania

Products

Number Name and  Specification of product Access to product Confidence limits
Product 01 List, position and boundaries of Black Sea network of marine protected areas using IUCN classification (international, European and national protected sites) GIS viewing [unit: 2 x 2 km grid] Very good: The product meets more than 70% of the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
http://doi.org/10.12770/d4305075-952b-4eeb-812c-11a6a748458d to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 02 Habitat types and mapping of Black Sea network of marine protected areas (coastal lagoons, estuaries, large shallows inlets and bays, reefs, mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide, sandbanks slightly covered, submerged sea cave)

GIS viewing

[unit: 2 x 2 km grid]

 

Very good: The product meets more than 70% of the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
http://doi.org/10.12770/8ec212ee-c482-4e7f-afc7-f1e6819acecc to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 03 Biodiversity of Black Sea network of marine protected areas (occurrence of fish species, observations of marine mammals and seabirds)

GIS viewing

[unit: 2 x 2 km grid]

Good: The product meets more than 50% of the objectives specified by the challenge  (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
http://doi.org/10.12770/0f7c8086-1887-40cb-94e9-a763e899b896 to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 04 Qualitative analysis of connectivity between MPAs as seasonal maps of sea surface currents [m/s]

GIS viewing

[unit: m/s]

Excellent: The product meets well the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
http://doi.org/10.12770/d7de6525-f5df-4237-b295-be9a53956aab to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 05 Qualitative analysis of connectivity between MPAs as seasonal maps of sea surface temperature [deg C]

GIS viewing

[unit: °C]

Excellent: The product meets well the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
http://doi.org/10.12770/73cc61a1-74b3-4438-a75e-afa2e6bb6fbe to get a full description, quality information, and citation.

Required inputs

Discover here the ten groups of characteristics and related environmental domains, Biota-biology, Human activities, Marine water and Seabed-riverbed, as well as the various data providers

 

Checkpoint results

Expert evaluation report on the appropriateness of upstream data used in product realization,
  • Integrated reports to access all assessment feedback on the checkpoint project including:
    • Literature Survey: detailing all upstream data and possible uses;
    • First Data Adequacy Report compiling feedback on the stress test on availability* of all referenced data sets
    • Second Data Adequacy Report for full feedback on availability and appropriateness of all used data sets, for all challenges.

Use limitation and reference

The EMODnet Black Sea Checkpoint practical outputs were the results of the assessment exercise carried out in response to the so-called “challenges” specified by the call for tenders n° MARE/2014/09 aimed at determining how well the input data from the observing and monitoring systems existing at the sea basin scale fit the user needs to develop them.

The product and any resultant data produced is a consequence of these tests and was provided on an “as is” basis. The information contained in the data products and in the descriptions (metadata) of the input data and of the data products making use of them was believed to be trustworthy at the time of production. However, its completeness, consistency, accuracy, and usability cannot be guaranteed. Whilst every effort was made to ensure its reliability within the limits of present knowledge, no responsibility can be accepted by those involved in its compilation or publication for any consequential loss or damage arising from its use.

The producer disclaims any and all warranties, conditions, or representations (express, implied, oral or written), relating to the Product or any part thereof, including, without limitation, any and all implied warranties of quality, performance, suitability or fitness for a particular purpose to the full extent permitted by law. The Producer accepts no liability for loss suffered or incurred as a result of reliance on the Product or any output of its use. The Producer shall not be liable for any economic loss, loss of profit, loss of business or contract, depletion of goodwill or otherwise, in each case whether direct, or indirect or any indirect loss whatsoever (howsoever caused) including loss or damage suffered as a result of an action brought by any person which arise out of or in connection with the use of the Product or inability to use the Product.