[ INTERNATIONAL NEWS ] Spain: Mapping European marine data At the latest â€œEuropean Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)â€? meeting at AZTI Tecnaliaâ€™s headquarters in Donostia, San SebastiĂĄn, some of the projectâ€™s upcoming releases were disclosed. EMODnet is working extensively on its vessel density maps of EU waters, which will be made available for view and download. These maps contain enormous quantities of data. A typical day generates about 12 million Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages which have to be processed, analysed and stored to show an intuitive map of movements and activities. Multiply that by the yearâ€™s 365 days and one needs even more processing power. The density maps will also be able to provide additional data
products: noise maps, fish trawling density maps, human pressure index maps, as well as estimates of the probability of litter distribution or the introduction of alien species. The possibilities are many and the usefulness of the maps needs to be assessed to provide the most useful data. The dataset on maritime spatial planning and waste collected in EU ports will also be released in the coming months. Other potentially new datasets might include power plants located on the coast and socio-economic data on fisheries and aquaculture. These developments can be followed on the EMODnet portal (http://www. emodnet.eu/) which is about to be upgraded with the new features on its interactive map.
Analysing the daily 12 million AIS messages to provide a vessel density map takes enormous processing power.
Eurofish Magazine 3 / 2018
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