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The scope of this challenge was to check the fitness for use of the available marine data sets to compute the seasonal averages and changes of eutrophication in the basin over past 10 years (i.e. for reduction or increase) in all areas known to be significantly affected by river and other discharges, or to indicate gaps in the EU data collection framework during the time period specified below.

This activity of the EU BlackSea checkpoint project (DG MARE contract n° EASME/EMFF/2014/ was executed during the period 2015-2018. The methodology used was identical for 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 realize the product,
  • Evaluation of the adequacy of monitoring data, that is their availability and appropriateness.

The team participating in the challenge was:

  • National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”, NIMRD, Romania (Leader)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, CMCC, Italy
  • Institute of Оceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, IO-BAS, Bulgaria
  • University of Plymouth, UPL, United Kingdom
  • P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, SIO-RAS, Russia


Two products have been requested by the call. The products are listed and accessible from the table given below. All the products are representative of the December 2017 status.

Name and  Specification of product
Access to product
Confidence limits
Product 01
GIS viewing [unit: mg/m3]
Excellent: The product meets well the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 02

GIS viewing

[unit: mg/m3/year]

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) to get a full description, quality information, and citation.

Required inputs

Discover here the five groups of characteristics and the related environmental domain, Marine Waters, as well as the data providers.

Checkpoint results

  • Expert evaluation report on the appropriateness of upstream data used in product realization,
  • Integrated reports on the project checkpoint
    • Literature Survey: to discover all upstream data and possible uses
    • The first Data Adequacy Report to get 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 are the results of the assessment exercise carried out to address 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 address them.

This 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. 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.