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Listening to the winds of change: Offshore wind power production reaches new levels

Listening to the winds of change: Offshore wind power production reaches new levels

Offshore wind power in Europe continued to scale new heights in 2017. A record of net additional installed capacity, 560 new offshore turbines and 14 projects completed summarise the outstanding performance of the sector, according to figures released by the European wind energy association Innovation has played a critical role in recent developments. Today, Europe has the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farms, located 25 kilometres off Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The turbines can be … Read entire article »

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EMODnet enables its clients to become more efficient, provide better services and remain competitive in the market

EMODnet enables its clients to become more efficient, provide better services and remain competitive in the market

For the third instalment of EMODnet company focus, we dive into the world of sea floor surveying and explore Cathie Associates Ltd and their use of EMODnet Human Activities. Cathie Associates is a leading international geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy providing bespoke and objective solutions to the offshore and near-shore oil, gas and renewable energy industries. Cathie Associates has been operating for over ten years and has developed an impressive track record in a vast range … Read entire article »

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EMODnet Human Activities Data Facilitate Business Opportunities

EMODnet Human Activities Data Facilitate Business Opportunities

The various EMODnet datasets have been used by a number of stakeholders for their business purposes, and so Human Activities data are no exception of that.  This time we’ll take a deeper look into company Biosfera XXI. Biosfera XXI is a small yet experienced Spanish company of seven employees based in Madrid, and for several decades it has provided services focusing on environmental planning, assessment and risk to national and international projects. The company aims to … Read entire article »

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Detailed method of EU vessel density map

Detailed method of EU vessel density map

A detailed method on how the EMODnet Human Activities Vessel Density Map was created has been published. EMODnet Human Activities aims to facilitate access to existing data on activities carried out in EU waters, by building a single entry point for geographic information on human uses of the ocean. The portal makes available information such as geographical position and spatial extent of a series of activities related to the ocean, their temporal variation, time when data was provided, and attributes to … Read entire article »

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Working towards INSPIRE Directive compliance

Working towards INSPIRE Directive compliance

The INSPIRE Directive that came into force on 15th May 2007 (INSPIRE 2007/02/CE) aims to create a European Union infrastructure to enable the sharing of environmental spatial data information among public sector organisations, facilitation of public access to spatial information across Europe and assistance in policy-making across boundaries.  To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context, the INSPIRE Directive requires that common … Read entire article »

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EMODnet and Extraction Activities: Feedback Opportunities

EMODnet and Extraction Activities: Feedback Opportunities

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is the first piece of EU legislation specifically aimed at the protection of the marine environment and natural resources, creating a framework for the sustainable use of the EU marine waters. It was formally adopted by the European Union in July 2008. The overarching goal of the MSFD is to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ (GES) by 2020 across Europe’s marine environment. The MSFD establishes a transparent framework for an ecosystem-based … Read entire article »

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Underwater maritime heritage: disseminating the treasure map

Underwater maritime heritage:  disseminating the treasure map

Today, it is estimated that three million undiscovered shipwrecks and ruins continue to lie at the bottom of the oceans. Currently, the EMODNet Human Activities portal provides two datasets concerning underwater cultural heritage: The first covers Submerged prehistoric archaeology sites and landscapes in Northern and Western Europe. Information on the age (from Paleolitic to Bronze age) and the type of sites  is provided for each “point”. The Source is a pan-European scientific Project called SPLASHCOSThe second concerns … Read entire article »

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Algae, the next big thing in the blue bioeconomy

Algae, the next big thing in the blue bioeconomy

To most Europeans, the word ‘algae’ brings to mind the seaweed we see on our beaches or the beautiful Posidonia we can admire underwater (HINT: Posidonia is a plant, it’s not algae). Most of us don’t know much about algae; barring a few exceptions, we don’t eat them, we don’t use them; often we don’t even know they’re photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms that have been around this planet for much longer than we have. Except there’s a … Read entire article »

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The Sound of Waves in the Mutriku Wave Energy Plant

The Sound of Waves in the Mutriku Wave Energy Plant

The launch of the first acoustic observatory installed in the Wave Energy Plant of Mutriku took place on the 5th of June 2018. Located in the Bay of Biscay, this wave power plant was inaugurated in 2011 by the Basque Energy Agency, EVE. The Mutriku Wave Energy Plant is the only infrastructure related to the ocean energies in Gipuzkoa (northern Spain). It´s the first commercial European wave energy plant based on the principle of oscillating … Read entire article »

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Achieving zero-waste from marine traffic

Achieving zero-waste from marine traffic

Marine litter is widely recognised as a significant threat to the marine environment and ports have a vital role in reducing it. The discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea that contributed to the estimated 20% and 40%, respectively, of the total amount of the marine debris originated from sea-based sources. Wastes generated on ships include sewage, domestic and operational wastes (garbage) and cargo residues generated during the service of a ship. When … Read entire article »

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