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Where does our wastewater go?

Where does our wastewater go?

Water is a renewable resource that is provided naturally and delivered to our taps by a complex network of pipes, pumps and equipment. After using it in our homes and businesses (i.e. after you’ve flushed the toilet, done the dishes, or had a shower), it usually contains various pollutants, depending on what it was used for, and therefore, which may affect the quality of fresh and marine water and present a risk to human health … Read entire article »

Why are there so many nuclear power plants located on the coast?

Why are there so many nuclear power plants located on the coast?

Like several other breakthrough inventions, nuclear power has amazing potential, yet devastating impacts, in case of accidents. On the one hand, we may harness it to generate a terrific amount of energy without increasing carbon emissions. On the other, it brings to mind ominous scenes, some of which are recent enough to be vividly impressed on our memory. It comes as … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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’ … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »