logo-SearicaThe Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup (Searica) is meeting on 2nd July (from 9.30 to 11.00 – room ASP 5G-1) to discuss about the role that Europe could play on marine data.

This meeting aims to address the different matters related to marine data such as their uses and collection, their integration, standardisation and interoperability, as well their availability and accessibility. Participants will also focus on the communication and promotion on data use and accessibility.

Gesine Meissner, Chair of the Intergroup will open the proceedings together with Ricardo Serrão Santos, Vice-Chair of the Intergroup.

During the discussions, different stakeholders will take the floor, such as Francisco Hernandez, Flanders Marine Institute, Martin Visbeck, Head of the Research Unit “Physical Oceanography” at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (DE) and Coordinator of AtlanOS.

Roberto Montanari, from Emilia-Romagna Region, will provide regional examples of how marine data can be used at the regional scale to develop and implement coastal management plans.

Matthew King, Head of Unit in charge of the Maritime Policy for the Atlantic, Outermost Regions and Arctic, is expected to represent the European Commission. He will focus on the EU’s efforts in ensuring the accessibility of marine data, the interoperable and free of restriction of their use as well as the feasibility of delivering a multi-resolution map of the entire seafloor of Europe.