EMODnet to expand its horizon with iAtlantic
On 18-20 June 2019, the EMODnet Secretariat joined 33 pan-Atlantic partners for the kick-off meeting of iAtlantic. This new 4-year European Horizon 2020 Project will collect Atlantic deep and open-ocean ecosystem data and integrate it with ocean circulation and connectivity models linked with climatic data and forecasts. The aim of the project is to improve our capability to predict how global change will affect the Atlantic ecosystems and inform sustainable management decisions.
Early stage input by EMODnet to the open data policy of iAtlantic will also ensure that the wealth of data and data products generated by iAtlantic are made FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) via key marine observation and data sharing facilities, in particular via EMODnet. The EMODnet Secretariat will also design and populate an advanced web-based GIS-tool to visualize iAtlantic geospatial data produced at 12 specific case study regions. This contributes to the spatial and temporal sustainable management goal of iAtlantic and allows project data to be visualized alongside other open access data from EMODnet and wider web services. This ultimately promotes the use of iAtlantic and wider EMODnet data by wider stakeholders, including maritime industry and policy makers, to strengthen the science evidence-based approach to ocean management.
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