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.
Notes to editors
- ENVITIA is a geospatial software and solutions provider, serving defence, government and industry customers all around the world. ENVITIA helps clients make better operational decisions from actionable geospatial intelligence http://www.envitia.com
- The Met Office is the UK’s National Weather Service, providing 24×7 world-renowned scientific excellence in weather, climate and environmental forecasts and severe weather warnings for the protection of life and property www.metoffice.gov.uk
- Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service is part of the Copernicus Programme, an EU Programme implemented by the European Commission (EC) jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
- The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean http://noc.ac.uk/about-us
- Plymouth Marine Laboratory Researches marine environmental science and technology. Current projects include climate change, marine pollution and sustainability http://www.pml.ac.uk/
- The Institute of Marine Research is Norway’s largest centre of marine science. It provides advice to the Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. Fifty percent of their activities are financed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries http://www.imr.no/om_havforskningsinstituttet/en
- Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany is Germany’s central provider of maritime services, with a focus on customer service and product quality. Its customers include shipping and other maritime industries and all those who need data and information about the oceans: business and science, federal and state authorities, departments, and political bodies http://eurogoos.eu/member/federal-maritime-and-hydrographic-agency-bsh/
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