Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Interoperable web GIS services for marine pollution monitoring and forecasting

  • Torill HamreEmail author
  • Hajo Krasemann
  • Steve Groom
  • Declan Dunne
  • Gisbert Breitbach
  • Bruce Hackett
  • Kai Sørensen
  • Stein Sandven


This paper presents services and systems developed in the FP6 InterRisk (Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe) project, which addresses the need for better access to information for risk management in Europe, both in cases of natural hazards and industrial accidents. The overall objective of the project is to develop a pilot system for interoperable GMES monitoring and forecasting services for environmental management in marine and coastal areas. This pilot system is based on established and widely adopted web-GIS standards, in line with INSPIRE recommendations. The pilot is comprised of, among other things, a portal and a web-GIS map viewer, both developed using open source tools. Providers using commercial tools adhering to the adopted standards, however, can also deliver products to the InterRisk pilot. The InterRisk services and system are based on a combination of free and commercial software, and have been demonstrated to end-users in three European areas: Norwegian, UK and Irish waters, and German and Polish waters. Products and services offered in these areas are presented, along with an outline of the technical development of web-GIS clients and portals.


Web-GIS WMS GMES INSPIRE Marine pollution Interoperable services 



The work described in this paper has been co-funded by the EC FP6 IST Programme, under contract no. 035253 (InterRisk—Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torill Hamre
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hajo Krasemann
    • 2
  • Steve Groom
    • 3
  • Declan Dunne
    • 4
  • Gisbert Breitbach
    • 2
  • Bruce Hackett
    • 5
  • Kai Sørensen
    • 6
  • Stein Sandven
    • 1
  1. 1.Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing CenterBergenNorway
  2. 2.GKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbHInstitute for Coastal ResearchGeesthachtGermany
  3. 3.Plymouth Marine LaboratoryPlymouthUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Coastal and Marine Resources CentreUniversity College CorkCo. CorkIreland
  5. 5.Norwegian Meteorological InstituteOsloNorway
  6. 6.Norwegian Institute for Water ResearchOsloNorway

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