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The algae data theme gets a revamp

The algae data theme gets a revamp

  Our most loyal readers surely remember a blog post we published two years ago titled “Algae, the next big thing in the blue economy”. It was a short interview with Rita Araújo to present a new data set on algae production facilities in Europe. Rita is Scientific / Technical Projects Assistant at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and she coordinated the data collection effort that culminated in the submission of a data … Read entire article »

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Estimating the impact of COVID-19 on fishing

Estimating the impact of COVID-19 on fishing

On 9 March 2020, Italy was the first EU Member State to go on a nationwide lockdown in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Soon after, many other countries followed suit, albeit to different extents. At the time of writing, the first wave of coronavirus transmission has passed its peak in most EU countries, but the death toll is still projected to increase, leaving our communities mourning the loss of hundreds … Read entire article »

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New map tools allow greater flexibility when interrogating data

New map tools allow greater flexibility when interrogating data

We’ve recently introduced a number of new map tools here on EMODnet Human Activities, so thought we would give you a quick overview to show you how they work. Custom Data Download You’ve always been able to download whole datasets in a GIS format, but it is now possible to draw a rectangle over the visible map layers and download the data selected as tabular data only. This is particularly useful for non-GIS users. Toggle on the map … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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 no surprise that the public debate on nuclear power is as vigorous and polarised as … Read entire article »

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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 used … 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 … 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 Implementing … 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 SPLASHCOS The second concerns … Read entire article »

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