Between 2013 and 2018, a series of EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints assessed the quality of the current observation monitoring data at the level of the regional sea basins. By testing the data against specific end-user challenges, the checkpoints evaluated how well the monitoring systems and data collection frameworks provided data to meet the needs of users. In doing so, data gaps and duplications as well as significant bottlenecks were highlighted.
The first two checkpoints were initiated in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea in 2013; with checkpoints for the Arctic, Atlantic, Baltic Sea and Black Sea being launched in 2015.
The conclusions and recommendations from the different Sea-basin Checkpoints as well as an integrated summary report can be found and downloaded here.