The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet): Your Gateway to European Marine and Coastal Data

  • Jan-Bart CalewaertEmail author
  • Phil Weaver
  • Vikki Gunn
  • Patrick Gorringe
  • Antonio Novellino
Part of the Ocean Engineering & Oceanography book series (OEO, volume 6)


Data from the marine environment are a valuable asset for marine industries, decision-making bodies and scientific research, but in Europe marine data are stored in a wide range of national, regional and international databases and repositories using different formats and standards which makes it difficult to find, assemble and use them efficiently. The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a network of organisations set up in 2007 by the European Commission in the framework of EU’s Integrated Maritime policy to address the fragmented marine data collection, storage and access in Europe. This paper introduces EMODnet in the context of EU’s Marine Knowledge 2020 Strategy and highlights some of the main features of the EMODnet Data Portals, as well as those being developed by the EMODnet central portal. Finally, the paper zooms in on the features and endeavours of one specific EMODnet activity: the EMODnet portal with access to near-real time and historical data of physical parameters.


EMODnet Marine data management Data portal Open access EMODnet physical parameters 



The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is financed by the European Union under Regulation (EU) No. 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2011 establishing a Programme to support the further development of an Integrated Maritime Policy.

We are very grateful for the support and valuable contributions of all EMODnet partners and particularly acknowledge the work of EMODnet project coordinators Dick Schaap (bathymetry), Alan Stevenson (geology), Jacques Populus (seabed habitats), Alessandra Giorgetti (chemistry), Simon Claus (Biology), Antonio Novellino (Physics), Alvise Bragadin and Alessandro Pititto (human activities).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan-Bart Calewaert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Phil Weaver
    • 2
  • Vikki Gunn
    • 2
  • Patrick Gorringe
    • 3
  • Antonio Novellino
    • 4
  1. 1.EMODnet SecretariatOstendBelgium
  2. 2.Seascape ConsultantsRomseyUK
  3. 3.EuroGOOS AISBLBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.ETT SpAGenoaItaly

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