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Period: 2010-02-25 - 2010-02-26
Location: Oostende, Belgium
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- EMODNET BIO I: European Marine Observation and Data Network - Biology Lot, more
The Maritime Policy Blue Book, welcomed by the European Council in 2007, announced that the European Commission would take steps to set up a European Marine Observation and Data Network to improve acess to high quality marine data for private bodies, public authorities and researchers. In April 2009 a roadmap was published (SEC(2009)499) outlining the measures that would be taken to meet this objective. A set of preparatory actions on biological data, hydrographic data, chemical data, geological data and broad scale habitats has been launched for a limited set of Sea Basins. It aims at gathering experience for a later permanent operational system.
Outline Data Products Workshop:
The preparatory action for Biological data, coordinated by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), is organising a workshop to
1) discuss the marine biological (monitoring) data availability and gaps in Europe and
2) define a set of derived data products relevant for private bodies, public authorities and researchers. The workshop will focus on various species groups (phyto‐and zooplankton, benthos, macroalgae, higher plants, seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles). The preparatory action covers the Greater North Sea (including the English Channel and Skagerrak‐Kattegat), the Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast. Other European Marine Waters will be considered besides the geographical focus of the preparatory action. This workshop will result in a set of key‐recommendations that will be implemented in the further development of the preparatory action for biological data. Based on the identification of relevant data products, targeted data analysis workshops will be organised in the near future.