EMODnet is a network of organisations working together to observe the sea, to make the marine data collected freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products through the Internet. The primary aim of EMODnet is to unlock existing but fragmented and hidden marine data and make them accessible for a wide range of users including private bodies, public authorities and researchers.
Pascal Derycke obtained a PhD in Science at the University of Metz (France) in the field of physics in 1996. After his degree, he pioneered in IT and web design and developed an excellent understanding of all aspects involved in web communication. He was managing a web agency in Metz when he moved to Brussels in 2002 where he was offered a position as IT manager by the NGO GRIP (Group for Research and Information on Peace and security). In 2011, Pascal joined the Marine Department of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (EC/JRC/IES) as a scientific programmer and data analyst where he expanded his skills to earth observation science and GIS technologies used in the monitoring of climate change and assessment of the environmental status of marine and coastal waters. During these 6 years he was responsible for the maintenance and upgrading of the marine geo-portal EMIS (Environmental Marine Information System) and provided scientific programming support for mapping bio-geophysical products. Alongside this he contributed to the development of INSPIRE services and server applications related to the marine environment and participated in the release of the JRC data catalogue and the MSFD Marine Competence Centre. Pascal brings his expertise in data and GIS to Seascape’s team where he is, among others responsible for technical coordination of the EMODnet activities and the European Atlas of the Seas (EAS).