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EMODnet Chemistry tells about success stories with EMODnet Ingestion

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EMODnet Chemistry Success Stories with EMODnet Ingestion:first slide of presentation given at the 1st Annual EMODnet Ingestion 3 Progress Meeting of 2023.

More than ever before, European marine data are working together primarily through a consolidated flow of data from a plethora of different data producers to EMODnet Ingestion and from there to thematic EMODnet Lots. EMODnet Chemistry has 6 success stories, which are detailed below.

  1. The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) was able to mobilise a significant amount of data from Marine Scotland Science, the scientific division of Marine Scotland. The data are CTD casts measuring temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence and turbidity collected on approximately 10 cruises per year from 2016 to 2019 and are available through SeaDataNet and EMODnet Chemistry and Physics.
  2. The Belgian Navy has reorganised and extracted fourteen years of CTD, turbidity and chlorophyll data and made it available via the EMODnet Ingestion data flow to Chemistry and Physics. These data have been collected by autonomous underwater vehicles during 880 missions across Europe for port protection and mine hunting. This experience opens perspectives for other national navies to join EMODnet.
  3. The Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (DCE), the central unit of Aarhus University for knowledge exchange in the fields of nature, environment, climate and energy, was supported by the EMODnet team in submitting microlitter data and metadata and organising them in a relational structure. These data come from the national monitoring programme and are used for the national implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive in relation to Descriptor 10 for the assessment of characteristics, status, impacts and trends of litter in the marine environment.
  4. Since 2017, the Laboratory Research Centre Ltd, which is responsible for the long-term monitoring of seawater chemical parameters in the coastal region of the city of Poti in Georgia, has been a permanent data provider through EMODnet Ingestion and Chemistry. The success of this collaboration is due to a tailor-made procedure supported by the use of Georgian language in contacts with the data provider, as well as the continuous support of Tbilisi State University, a key EMODnet ambassador in Georgia, as well as of EMODnet partners Marine Information Service (MARIS) and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).
  5. Since 2019, the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) has maintained the EMODnet Chemistry databases, which shop data for beach litter and seafloor litter collected by trawling. Five European monitoring and research centres and four non-governmental organisations have submitted their datasets through EMODnet Ingestion. The time span of the different datasets ranges from one to five years and covers the period 2013-2020. The datasets come from 8 countries bordering the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
  6. The National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" (NIMRD), as EMODnet Data Ingestion Ambassador, provided extensive support for the submission of marine litter data by the non-governmental organisation Mare Nostrum. With more than 130 datasets on beach, seabed and floating litter along the entire Romanian Black Sea coast over an eight-year period, Mare Nostrum has become one of the most important providers of marine litter data in the Black Sea.