Overview of national databases for coastal monitoring

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This article is a start of an overview of European and National databases for coastal monitoring. Please add information about your own country!


In many countries national databases are available with extensive physical, chemical and biological information. This article provides provides links to several websites where these databases can be accessed. An overview of national databases is also available at the SEA-SEARCH website with an overview of all national Marine Data & Information Centres in Europe.


SeaDataNet is a standardized distributed system for managing the large and diverse data sets collected by the European oceanographic fleets and the new automatic observation systems.

SeaDataNet aims to develop an efficient distributed Pan-European Marine Data Management Infrastructure for managing these large and diverse data sets. The objective is to network the existing professional data centres of 35 countries, active in data collection, and provide integrated databases of standardized quality on-line. SeaDataNet is an EU FP6 project (2006-2011).


The national database in France SISMER is operated by IFREMER


The Netherlands

National databases in the Netherlands are operated by Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management as well as Marine Information Service (MARIS) and Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Royal NIOZ)[1]. An overview of databases for point data is given in the article Marine Information Service (MARIS) in The Netherlands.

Rijkswaterstaat has specific databases available for:

United Kingdom

An overview about national databases in the United Kingdom is given by the article Set of website addresses to direct to databases/ data sets


The Italian Sea WAve monitoring Network (SWAN) is a network of 10 buoys moored all round the coasts of Italy (Arena et al., 1997). It has been working since June 1989 (Archetti and Franco, 1995) with the original 8 stations of Alghero, La Spezia, Ponza, Mazara, Catania, Monopoli, and Ortona. Two stations, Cetraro and Ancona, have been added since 1999. The buoy network SWAN has been appointed by the italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services (APAT ) and has been the first real-time updated Network in the Mediterranean sea.

The Italian Tide gauge Network Rete Mareografica Nazionale, operated by the Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services APAT, includes 26 new survey stations uniformly distributed across the Italian territory and located mainly within the harbours of Trieste, Venezia Lido, Ancona, Ravenna, Pescara, Ortona, Isole Tremiti, Vieste, Bari, Otranto, Taranto, Crotone, Reggio Calabria, Messina, Catania, Porto Empedocle, Lampedusa, Palermo, Palinuro, Salerno, Napoli, Cagliari, Carloforte, Porto Torres, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Genova and Imperia.

See also


  1. Website SEA-Search

Archetti, R. and Franco, L. 1995. New analysis of wave data recorded around the Italian seas. PIANC- AIPCN Congress, pp. 151-166 Arena, G., Corsini, S. and Guiducci, F. 1997. Activities of the National Hydrographic And Oceanographic Service in the maritime field. PIANC- AIPCN Congress

The main author of this article is Joanne Vinke-De Kruijf
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The main author of this article is Clivia Haese
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The main author of this article is Renata Archetti
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