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Baltic Sea Checkpoint

The overall aim of this project is to examine the current data collection, observation, surveying, sampling and data assembly programs in the Baltic Sea basin, assess and demonstrate how they can fit into purpose in the 11 challenge areas in terms of data uncertainty, availability, accessibility and adequacy, and deliver the findings to stakeholders through an internet portal with dynamic mapping features and a stakeholder workshop. The Baltic Sea region is as defined by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, i.e., the semi-enclose sea bounded by the parallel of the Skaw in the Skagerrak at 57°44.43'. The proposed approach is, through demonstrating how data (mainly in-situ, incl. satellite and model when necessary) is fit-for-purpose in 11 challenge areas, examine the availability, accessibility, uncertainty and adequacy of the data, especially from EMODNET thematic database and Copernicus marine data e.g. MyOcean. The project is divided into 17 Work Packages (WPs), including 11 challenge area WPs, Portal WP13, Literature review WP1, Data adequacy report WP 15, Panel organization WP14 and Stakeholder workshop WP16 and Project Management WP17.

Literature Review

This report summarizes the findings of a literature survey to identify sources for the required characteristics for the Baltic Sea in order to address the needs in eleven predefined challenges. The identified data sources have as far as possible been evaluated with regard to: availability (accessibility, performance) and appropriateness.

Oil Leak simulation


10/05/2016 - Oil leak Alert - description
11/05/2016 - Oil leak Alert - 24h bullettin
12/05/2016 - Oil leak Alert - 48h bullettin
13/05/2016 - Oil leak Alert - 72h bullettin

Data Adequacy Report

The value of data can only be realized when they are used. Therefore one major factor to determine the volume of the value of data is their level of “fitness-for-the-use (FFU)”. The purpose of the Baltic Sea CheckPoint Data Adequacy Report (DAR) is to assess the FFU levels of the Baltic Sea data in areas of air, water, biota, seabed and human activities for their read more

The 11 expert teams will work on the 11 challenge areas, to demonstrate how the marine data is used to fit the purpose of stakeholder needs, as stated in the Call. At the same time, they will further examine the gaps of data availability, accessibility and uncertainty.