Project overview

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is formed from a group of organisations within Europe. The consortium provides access to European marine data across seven discipline-based themes which include bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, seabed habitats and human activities.

EMODnet aims to

  • make fragmented or otherwise hidden marine data resources available to public and private organisations and interested individuals.
  • stimulate economic investment in sustainable coastal and offshore activities by providing improved access to quality assured, standardised and harmonised marine data.

It is responsible for the assembly of marine data, data products and metadata from diverse sources in a uniform way to produce further data and information products.

EMODnet is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as part of its Marine Knowledge 2020 Strategy. The strategy is designed to improve the overall understanding of how the seas behave by helping industry, public authorities and researchers to find marine data more easily. This allows them to make more effective use of the data to develop new products and services.

BODC is directly involved in the bathymetry, chemistry and physics aspects of EMODnet and provides data to the consortium through our participation in the SeaDataNet-2 project. We also have a technical role in the chemistry theme to enable intelligent grouping of measurements by mappings within the NERC Vocabulary Server.