The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a network of European organisations working together to observe the oceans, to make the collected marine data 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.
The European Horizon 2020 Project iAtlantic (June 2019 - November 2023) takes an interdisciplinary scientific approach to collect Atlantic deep and open-ocean ecosystem data and integrate it with ocean circulation and connectivity models linked with climatic data and forecasts. By bridging ocean observing systems, exchanging data, researchers, and equipment from across the entire Atlantic, the project aims to predict where and when potentially synergistic effects of global change and multiple ecosystem stressors will occur. This provides a systematic approach to unify stakeholder efforts to better inform sustainable management and enhance human and observational capacity throughout the Atlantic.
Seascape Belgium contributes to the spatial and temporal sustainable management goal of iAtlantic by providing an advanced web-based GIS-tool. Furthermore, it works with other partners of the project to ensure that the wealth of data and data products generated by iAtlantic are made FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) via key marine observation and data sharing facilitates, in particular via EMODnet.
For more information, please see iatlantic.eu.