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Trieste hosted the latest EMODnet Chemistry Training course

2 February 2024

On 30 and 31 January, NODC, the coordinator of the initiative, organised an EMODnet Chemistry training course in Trieste.

EMODnet stands for European Marine Observation and Data Network: a gateway to a series of marine data archives managed by local, national, regional and international organisations. More than 120 partner organisations, supported by the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy, are working together to monitor the ocean, process the data according to international standards and make this information freely available as interoperable data layers and data products.
EMODnet Chemistry is the consortium responsible for water quality data, i.e. pollutants, including marine litter, nutrients and other relevant variables to detect critical eutrophic states and ocean acidification.

The aim of the training was to explain how to feed data into the EMODnet Chemistry data discovery and access service of the SeaDataNet infrastructure. The course began with an overview of the project, including its structure, scope, major achievements, key actors and main data management systems. It then introduced the file formats, vocabularies and software used to standardise and quality control the different types of data and metadata. Participants were also familiarised with the basic external service, namely the SeaDataNet data discovery and access service. Finally, a brief description of the functions of the webODV Explorer and Extractor was given. The course was attended by 51 participants, 45 of them in person, from 31 organisations and 29 countries. It was led by OGS, the project coordinator, MARIS, the technical coordinator of EMODnet Chemistry and a group of 15 experts, including the regional coordinators and the work package leaders. Further information can be found in the agenda.

“I would like to express my special thanks for all the efforts that contributed to the success of the EMODnet Chemistry Training Course 2024,” said Alessandra Giorgetti, Head of NODC at OGS, and continued: “I congratulate the trainers for their dedication in imparting knowledge to their colleagues and the participants for their interest and commitment. It was a real pleasure to see how much the whole network participated in the training. This training was really needed and the participation was very broad and active.”