Sea Monitoring

Who are we?

“The aim of the European Union’s ambitious Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is to protect more effectively the marine environment across Europe achieving the Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU’s marine waters by 2020 and to protect the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend. It is the first EU legislative instrument related to the protection of marine biodiversity, as it contains the explicit regulatory objective that biodiversity is maintained by 2020, as the cornerstone for achieving GES”

According to the MSFD, the environmental status of marine waters is defined by 11 descriptors , and forms a proposed set of 29 associated criteria and 56 indicators. The objective of the Sea Monitoring Virtual Research Community (VRC) is to provide useful and applicable contributions to the evaluation of the variables that define Good Environment Status (GES) according to the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), visit website.


Why we need EVER-EST

The Sea Monitoring VRC is providing practical methods, procedures and protocols to support coherent and widely accepted interpretation of Good Environmental Status (GES): Descriptors 1 (Biodiversity), Descriptors 2 (Non indigenous species) and Descriptors 6 (seafloor integrity). Both the criteria and methodological standards already identified by the European Commission, and the activities and projects already in progress, will be taken into account.

The set-up of practical methods to estimate and measure GES descriptors requires a close cooperation between different disciplines including: biology, geology, geophysics, oceanography, earth observation and others. This will lead to the collection of many types of scientific data and observations (e.g. biology related, chemico-physical, etc.) from different inputs and sensors (e.g. remote sensing, on-site buoys, marine stations, administrations, citizen observations, etc.). Furthermore, different communities require support and guidance to be able to effectively interoperate and share best practices, methods, standards and terminologies.

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