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FP5 progetto EMODNet

Programma: 2007 European Marine Strategy Framework Directive Preparatory Action

Titolo del progetto: European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

Acronimo: EMODNet

Durata: 2009-2012

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The European Commission has concluded service contracts for creating pilot components of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNet). The overall objective is to create pilots to migrate fragmented and inaccessible marine data into interoperable, continuous and publicly available data streams for complete maritime basins. The results will help to define processes, best technology and approximate costs of a final operational European Marine Observation and Data Network. The EMODNet-Hydrography portal ( opened in June 2010 providing hydrographic data products collated for different sea regions in Europe, a Data Products Viewing Service (DPVS), a Data Discovery and Access Service (DDAS). The data sets are described by metadata in the SeaDataNet Common Data Index (CDI) format, based upon the ISO 19115 standard. The service is powered by the SeaDataNet infrastructure. ISMAR participates in EMODNet Hydrography as an associated partner and data provider, it is DTM regional responsible for the creation of the DTM of the Central Mediterranean Sea (Tyrrhenian, Adriatic Sea and Sicily Channel). Data sets provided are internally used for producing regional Digital Terrain Models (DTM) with specific resolution (0.25 minute * 0.25 minute) for each geographical region. The data sets themselves are not distributed but described in the CDI metadata, giving clear information about the background survey data used for the DTM, their access restrictions, originators and distributors and facilitating requests by users to originators. This way the portal provides originators of hydrographic data sets an attractive shop window for promoting their data sets to potential users, without losing control. Take a visit to:

Contatto in ISMAR:


1. Marine Information Service MARIS - The Netherlands
2. ATLIS - The Netherlands
3. French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea IFREMER - France
4. Service Hydrographique et Océanografique de la Marine SHOM - France
5. National Oceanography Center Southampton NOCS - United Kingdom
6. Geological Survey of Ireland (Ireland)
7. Instituto Español de Ocenografía - Spain
8. Istituto Geofisico e Sperimentale di Trieste OGS - Italy
9. UNEP/GRID-Arendal - Norway
10. Hellenic Centre of Marine Research HCMR - Greece
11. Istituto di Scienze Marine ISMAR CNR - Italy
12. Instituto Hidrografico IHPT - Portugal
13.  Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia LNEG - Portugal

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