Marine Environmental Datasets
EDMED is a comprehensive reference to the marine data sets and collections held within European research laboratories. It provides marine scientists, engineers and policy makers with a simple mechanism for their identification. EDMED covers datasets from a wide range of disciplines including:
- marine meteorology;
- physical, chemical and biological oceanography;
- marine biology and fisheries;
- environmental quality;
- coastal and estuarine studies;
- marine geology and geophysics, etc.
Data sets are described in EDMED factsheets irrespective of their format (e.g. digital databases or files, analogue records, paper charts, hard-copy tabulations, photographs and videos, geological samples, biological specimens etc). Currently, full EDMED describes more than 3.500 data sets, held at over 700 Data Holding Centres across Europe. Black Sea EDMED describes more that 470 datasets held at Black Sea organisations.
The interface for Black Sea EDMED, developed on a subset of the central database, has been upgraded during Upgrade BlackSeaScene. Not only has the technique been upgraded, but it now also runs on the version 1 EDMED database from SeaDataNet.
The query interface enables to search by a set of criteria, including a geographical box. The selected data set references are listed with the country flag of the data holding organisation. Clicking on the display icon retrieves the full data set description.
The procedure to supply information to the EDMED database follows the structure, guidelines and formats as defined in SeaDataNet.