The main aims are to examine the current data collection, observation and data assembly programs in the Mediterranean Sea basin, to analyze how they can be optimised, and to deliver the findings to stakeholders through an internet portal.

These can be broken down into secondary objectives:

  • Carry out a literature survey on existing EU marine programmes, outlining the data sources, primary producers and intermediaries
  • Produce indicators of the quality of present marine data systems as well as specific outputs per challenge
  • Produce an assessment of the quality, extract the synergies, and identify the gaps in the monitoring system in view of the challenges (Data Adequacy Reports)
  • Develop and operate a Portal that will publish all project outputs and identify whether the present observation infrastructure is the most effective possible and whether it meets the needs of public or private users.


The project sets out a methodology to collect existing data, to analyze them regarding seven areas of application or ‘challenges’, and to make the outputs available through a web portal in order to  improve the design and assess the information flow:

Work plan

The project started on 4 December 2013 and has a duration of 3 years.

The work breakdown and dependencies between the 12 work packages (WPs) are as follows:


The practical outputs of the project are:

  • literature survey summarizing the monitoring characteristics of the system
  • Two Data Adequacy Reports (DARs) to provide an overview of how fit for purpose the monitoring effort is, in view of the challenge of product development
  • Two expert panel reports
  • final report indicating how the EMODnet Med-Sea checkpoint portal could operate once the project has finished
  • Specific products from available primary and assembled datasets for each challenge in synthesis: