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EMODnet Chemistry - Highlights of 2021

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Read the Top 5 EMODnet Chemistry highlights of the year:

1. Expanded quantity and quality of data, thanks to the strict cooperation of 66 data centres and over 500 data originators.

  • Circa 130.000 more datasets were added to the CDI data discovery and Access Service for a total of 1.130.000 CDI entries.
  • New types of data were included: 357 floating micro-litter surveys, and 32 surveys of micro-litter in sediment.
  • Metadata and data quality were significantly checked and improved according to MSFD and Copernicus Marine Service purposes.

2. Increased the number of quality, user-targeted data products.

3. Published scientific papers supporting Open Science principles.

4. Confirmed as the platform for EU marine pollution in situ observations.

  • The EC Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) required Member States to include micro-litter data into the regular ingestion of the MSFD monitoring marine litter data.
  • EMODnet Chemistry contributed to the Joint List of Litter Categories for Marine Macrolitter Monitoring.
  • A stronger cooperation with EC-JRC and the MSFD group of experts on contaminants was established.
  • On Regional Sea Conventions, EMODnet Chemistry has been including HELCOM data into the beach litter database and has been contributing to the 2023 UNEP/MAP Mediterranean Quality Status Report .
  • The European Environment Agency has increasingly been relying on EMODnet Chemistry to exchange data and data products for populating the indicators and drawing up the report on the environmental status .
  • EMODnet Chemistry data products are indexed and made available via the Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service , the European marine thematic platform of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
  • Copernicus started using EMODnet Chemistry data collections and a first joint data product portfolio for the MSFD was released.
  • EMODnet Chemistry has been increasing its interaction with the EUROqCHARM project, which analyses and evaluates existing methodologies for plastic pollution assessment, and harmonizes them on a European level.

5. Advanced the global cooperation

  • The UN Global Ocean Oxygen Database and Atlas (GO2DAT), the UN Global Ocean Acidification (SDG14.3.1) Data Portal, the UN Global Partnership on Marine Litter Digital Platform (GPML) and the NOAA/NCEI – World Ocean Atlas received contributions from EMODnet Chemistry for their implementation.
  • EMODnet Chemistry participated in the realization of the Sulitest module (a set of questions) for literacy on the Goal 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .
  • With the G20 International Experts on Marine Plastic Litter Monitoring Data Sharing Project , EMODnet Chemistry has been discussing the prototype ‘Microplastics Data-sharing System’ to collect and give free access to microplastic data on a global scale, and the proposals for a ‘Data Entry Form Sheet’ and a ‘Data List Sheet’.
  • The partnership has been participating in the Global Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution Ontology peer review process .