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The EMODNET Atlantic Checkpoint is a sea-basin monitoring system assessment activity aiming to support sustainable growth in the blue economy by assessing the potential of current marine observation and data services to address targeted  end-user applications. Specifically the Atlantic Checkpoint will:

  1. Clarify the data collection and warehousing landscape of all compartments of the marine environment and highlighting the existing programs at national, European and international level;
  2. Build fitness-for-use indicators that will show the accessibility and usability of observation and modelled data sets and their roles and synergies based upon targeted applications;
  3. Prioritize the needs for optimizing monitoring systems in terms of accessibility, availability, multiple-use, efficiency, reliability, time consistency, space consistency, etc. and the planning of the technological advancements, new accessibility, new assembly protocols and observational priorities required in the future to meet the challenges.

Geographic coverage

In the case of Atlantic Checkpoint, the region is defined by the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator up to the Arctic Ocean and excluding the North Sea but the pragmatic geographic approach is the EU economical zones because two DG/MARE key initiatives do not extend beyond these boundaries. However, when "EU coasts "are specified for the Atlantic (this is the case for MPAs and coasts and by nature for climate change), this means the coasts of UK, metropolitan France, continental Spain, continental Portugal and Ireland that adjoin the Atlantic as well as those of the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin.


Further information

Data Sources and Methodology

The methodology focuses primarily on end-user applications and involves the assessment of the upstream data against 11 important challenges relevant to sustainable blue growth. These challenges are regional study cases which, through concrete demonstrations of use and value, will participate in the assessment of the observing infrastructure at a sea basin scale for the Atlantic. The challenges are:

  • Windfarm Siting

  • Marine Protected Areas

  • Oil Platform Leaks

  • Climate Change

  • Coastal Management

  • Fishery Management

  • Fishing Impacts

  • Eutrophication

  • River Inputs

  • Bathymetry

  • Alien Species

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Data Products and Services

  • A collection of relevant data and catalog of data sources and the development of specific products from available primary and assembled datasets in view of the specific questions for each challenge, providing confidence limits (service)
  • A fully implemented Web Portal (EMODnet Atlantic checkpoint) providing free and unconditional access to EMODnet portals as well outputs and indicators from challenges in digital form.

Technical Infrastructure

The technical infrastructure is heavily based on data management standards such as Seadatanet, ISO and Inspire. It has adopted the Sextant webGIS system to store all metadata pertaining to challenge-related data in an Atlantic Checkpoint data catalogue. From this catalogue, a number of indicators can be computed to provide our commissioners and stakeholders with a picture of most salient data gaps in EU waters and beyond, whether they be spatial, temporal or semantic.


The EMODnet Altantic project will run from 2015 till 2018. 

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Total no. of Partners: 10