Dear EMODnet partners, colleagues and friends,
A very Happy New Year to you all! The EMODnet New Year’s letter is something of a tradition, written by the Head of the EMODnet Secretariat. In 2024, the baton passes to me, Kate Larkin, as I took on the role of Head of Secretariat in Spring 2023. On behalf of the EMOD-network I wish the previous Head, Jan-Bart Calewaert, well in his new activities in the global ocean data domain, whilst he remains a trusted advisor to EMODnet.
On 26-27 September 2023, EMODnet and EC DG MARE co-organised the online workshop “EMODnet Marine Data for Coastal Tourism”. The workshop assessed data requirements, data uses and data sharing opportunities, with diverse stakeholders from the private sector, research, policy and NGOs.
On 27-30 November over 340 partners, associated partners, and stakeholders of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) gathered in Brussels for the third EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree. The week kicked off with a Partner Jamboree with the >120 partners exchanging on their latest service developments and joint activities. The Open Conference was a public event, moderated by Karen Coleman.
Before the plenary stage opened for the EMODnet Open Conference 2023, the EMODnet community convened for the EMODnet Partner Jamboree 2023—an exclusive gathering of EMODnet partners and Associated Partners. This pre-conference event provided a unique setting for in-depth discussions, partner meetings, cross-thematic dialogues, and collaborative endeavors, setting the stage for the subsequent conference.
On 29th November, the two EC marine data services EMODnet and Copernicus Marine Service launch a joint statement on the EU in situ marine data landscape. The statement explains the complementarity between the two EU marine knowledge assets, and explains how the services work together, following a high-level agreement between DG DEFIS and DG MARE and the signature of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2016.
EMODnet was pleased to exhibit at the ICES Annual Science Conference 2023 which took place in Bilbao, Spain on 11-15 September 2023. ICES is a key stakeholder to EMODnet, with ICES being a partner and data provider to multiple EMODnet thematics, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Data Ingestion. EMODnet experts are also members of a number of ICES Working Groups. The event also saw the launch of the OSPAR Quality Status Report 2023, to which EMODnet data/data products contributed.
On 26-27 September 2023, EMODnet together with the European Commission DG MARE organised an online workshop on ‘’EMODnet Marine Data for Coastal Tourism’’. The workshop was attended by over 42 coastal tourism experts with representatives from diverse sectors including industry, research, policy, marine data services and non-governmental agencies. EMODnet was well represented by thematic experts from geology, human activities, physics, Data Ingestion, Central Portal and the EMODnet Secretariat.
The European Marine Board (EMB) has released a new report on sustainable management of the offshore renewable sector, titled " Future Science Brief No. 9 European offshore renewable energy: Towards a sustainable future ". While the report highlights the need for increased offshore renewable energy capacity, it also emphasizes the importance of managing the expansion sustainably and responsibly. Furthermore, the report notes that access to industry data remains a significant barrier for offshore...
The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) has launched a major update of the EMODnet Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model (DTM), as part of its continuing evolution of services to further improve open access to data, information and knowledge of the marine environment. The 2022 DTM is the result of efforts across the EMODnet Bathymetry Consortium of thematic experts and collaborators, in co-operation with the European SeaDataNet infrastructure. The DTM is available for open and...
SMHI has developed a new product to assesses changes in phytoplankton alpha diversity over the past two decades in the greater Baltic Sea area. Time series data of biodiversity can indicate the resilience of an ecosystem to environmental stressors, such as climate change or eutrophication. Monitoring phytoplankton biodiversity is crucial for understanding and safeguarding aquatic ecosystems, predicting and mitigating the impacts of climate change, promoting sustainable fisheries management, and...