The overall objective is to create pilot studies that assemble fragmented and inaccessible marine data into interoperable, contiguous and publicly available datasets for whole maritime basins.
The EMODNET-Geology project is one of five preparatory action projects that, in addition to marine geology, brings together harmonised off-shore data including sea-floor geology, boundaries and faults, rate of coastal erosion / sedimentation, geological events /event probabilities, seismic profiles, and minerals . Each project will define the processes, technologies and approximate costs of implementing a fully functioning European Marine Observation and Data Network. For the EMODNET-Geology project, the project partners are compiling data layers for the Baltic Sea, Greater North Sea and Celtic Sea.
The next phase of the EMODNET project is to deliver these maps at a higher resolution and also to extend the project consortium from its current focus on northern Europe to include more partners, especially those in southern Europe. EMODNET data are currently already being delivered through the OneGeology-Europe portal.
Targets and Aims
The geological surveys of Europe provide an existing network that aims to deliver marine geological information solutions to decision makers in European government and industry, as well as providing baseline information for academic research.
The EMODNET-Geology partners consist of the national geological survey organisations of the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, who are working together to deliver the requirements of EC Tender MARE/2008/03. The contract between the EC and the EMODNET-Geology project partners was signed on 16 July 2009; the project will run until July 2012.