The Met Office is leading a partnership that has won an EU funded contract to provide data and services aimed at protecting and saving lives at sea. ENVITIA is providing cloud-based, geospatial data dissemination services, including visualisation, download and monitoring services, to deliver open and free access to products based on the INSPIRE directive.
The state of the art European North West Shelf (NWS) service has now become fully operational and includes a wide range of products supporting day to day working life, safety and development in the marine environment. The available products include data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level, sea ice and biogeochemistry. They support marine and maritime applications and can be accessed free of charge at http://marine.copernicus.eu/.
The NWS partnership brings together operational oceanography and service delivery expertise with science excellence to provide users with a world-class service. Other partners include the National Oceanography Centre and Plymouth Marine Laboratory from the UK, the Institute of Marine Research in Norway and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to help deliver this important service”, commented Dr Matthew Perrin, Director, ENVITIA. “Marine data is an engine for sustainable growth in the European Union and improving knowledge of the seas and oceans underpins the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy”.
John Siddorn, Head of Ocean Forecasting at the Met Office and co-chair of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting, said “Securing the contract to provide core marine environmental monitoring services for our coastal waters is great news. Users, who range from large multinationals to individual researchers and leisure users, can continue to access the best available information about the marine environment every day, for free. It’s also very exciting for me as a scientist, knowing that some of the great work we do is out there for all to use.”
As well as providing services the partnership will continue to improve existing services and develop new services as required.