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Phase III.2 (current)

  • October 2019
    • Kick-off, phase III.2, Athens

Phase III

  • April 2017
    • Contract signed
  • May 2017
    • Kick-off, phase III, Helsinki
  • June 2017
    • New web portal operational
    • New data product “Submerged Landscapes” workshop, Copenhagen
  • September 2017
    • Full network meeting, Rome
  • March 2018
    • Full network meeting, Budva
  • September 2018
    • Full network meeting, Shengjin
  • April 2019
    • New data products released
  • May 2019
    • Phase III end

Phase II highlights

The second phase of the project focused on compiling and delivering map information for each work package. Good progress was made in all work packages. As more information became available there was an increase in awareness and use of the EMODnet-Geology outputs. There is strong evidence of that the EMODnet-Geology outputs are being identified as an important source of information for a wide range of government, industry and research users. There has also been a stronger focus on outreach and dissemination as the outputs are nearing completion.The main highlights are:

  • Assessment of all seabed substrate information available at 1:250,000 scale and the compilation of information at 1:1 million scale where the higher resolution information is not available.
  • Assessment of pre-Quaternary geology and the start of compilations of Quaternary information, and agreement on geomorphological information that should be included in the EMODnet-Geology outputs.
  • The development of guidelines for coastal behaviour information and the update of the EUROSION information for about 50% of the European coast.
  • New maps for geological events and probabilities including earthquakes, underwater volcanic centres, tectonics (active faults), tsunamis (origin and coastal areas affected).
  • Maps for 9 different mineral types including aggregates, hydrocarbons, gas hydrates, marine placers, phosphorite, evaporite, polymetallic sulphides, polymetallic nodules and cobalt-rich Fe-Mn crusts.
  • The relaunch of the project portal based on new software developments that continue to be based on the principles of free and open-source software.
  • Dissemination at national and international level and input to government planning processes.
  • The establishment of a number of national and regional networks based on the need for better co-ordination of information for example in Iceland (see Section 8), Italy and in the Adriatic and North Sea regions ((see Section 7; Work package 1 update).
  • Use of feedback from the users of the EMODnet-Geology outputs to provide recommendations for new or more detailed work in the next phase of EMODnet.

Phase I highlights

The first phase of the project focused on identifying the geological information that exist in each country represented in the project and constructing a new EMODnet-Geology portal. Initially the priority was to assess information held by each participating organisation, although as the year progressed, information that was publicly available was included. The main highlights of the reporting period was the progress in assembling sea-bed substrate information. Sea-floor geology and Minerals also made significant progress in assembling information that exists for the European seas. The highlights are:

  • Assessment of all sea-bed substrate information available at 1:250 000 scale.
  • Preliminary sea-bed substrate maps; the first to be produced for the European seas at 1:250 000 scale.
  • Delivery of preliminary sea-bed substrate map to the Seabed Habitats Project in June 2014.
  • Assessment of pre-Quaternary geology and available scales.
  • Development of project web portal based on the principles of free and open-source software.
  • Dissemination at national and international level and contribution to other European projects (EGDI-Scope) and initiatives (European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research).