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EMODnet-for-business two-day workshop on Offshore energy sector

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On 20-21 September 2022, EMODnet together with the European Commission DG MARE organized an online workshop on “EMODnet marine data for the offshore renewable energy sector in the Northeast Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea”. The workshop was attended by more than 65 offshore renewable energy experts with representatives from diverse sectors including industry, research, policy and marine data services. EMODnet was well represented by thematic experts from physics, biology, geology and human activities, Data Ingestion, Central Portal and the EMODnet Secretariat.  

Day one of the workshop gave the opportunity for demonstrating EMODnet services and for cross-sectoral dialogue on in-situ marine environmental and human activities data needs and requirements for the offshore renewable energy value chain. The agenda included presentations from the Secretariat on the latest EMODnet ‘offer’ the transition to a fully centralized service with common map viewer and many other upgraded functionalities, and, demonstrations of the latest EMODnet services from EMODnet Physics (ETT, Italy), Biology (VLIZ, Belgium) and Human Activities (COGEA, Italy). Additionally, speakers from Van Oord, Ørsted, Marine Power Systems, Wave Piston and the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI, representing also EMDOnet Geology) presented use cases of open source EMODnet, whilst the Renewable Grid Initiative (RGI) and GSI presented case studies on existing activities and reports focused on offshore renewable energy sector data gaps and needs. 

’EMODnet is one of the main data sources for European wind farms that we use in the early phases of development!

Kieran Bell (Orsted)


’’Using EMODnet could help with our initial analysis on the climate impact and social impact of our projects. It will be a very good opportunity for us to use EMODnet in the future.

Michael Henriksen (Wavepiston)


The second day focused on data sharing, specifically how the offshore renewable energy sector can contribute in situ marine environmental measurements to EMODnet databases through its EU EMODnet Data Ingestion service. . At the meeting the EMODnet Secretariatand the Data Ingestion Scientific Coordinator from HCMR, Greece presented the benefits of data sharing and the EMODnet Data Ingestion as a public service to support data collectors in data management, curation and integration into EMODnet.

A second workshop on the same topic, focusing on the Mediterranean and Black Seas will follow on 20-21 October 2022. Further information on the upcoming workshop can be found on the Maritime Forum .

More information regarding the workshop can be found on the Maritime Forum, with direct access to the agenda, presentations and workshop report.


Towards a digital ocean integration
Towards a digital ocean integration
Towards a digital ocean integration
Towards a digital ocean integration