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SEA Wave and WESE launch ocean energy data sharing platform


By John Davidson


Towed video array under water. Picture: Matthew Witt
Towed video array under water. Picture: Matthew Witt

A new online platform has been launched to share environmental impact data for marine energy developers.

The MARENDATA site has been launched in collaboration by the SEA Wave and WESE projects to disseminate environmental monitoring data collected within the marine energy industry.

Co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, both SEA Wave and WESE are undertaking bespoke environmental research campaigns to better understand the potential environmental effects associated with deploying and operating some of the world’s leading marine energy technologies.

MARENDATA is a dedicated data sharing platform which will host a range of compiled data collected from a range of marine energy test sites, including the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; BiMEP in the Basque Country; and Peniche, in Portugal.

Data derived from the test sites will include resource characterisation, underwater noise, and video capturing seabed ecology and species behaviour. Data uploaded on the platform will be relevant in evaluating the potential positive and negative environmental effects of wave and tidal energy devices.

Data acquired from the former SOWFIA project, funded by EU Intelligent Energy Europe, has been amalgamated with the data collected through SEA Wave and WESE and will also be uploaded to MARENDATA.

MARENDATA website data platform.
MARENDATA website data platform.

A host of marine energy experts are filtering the raw data collected from the test sites as it becomes available to ensure it has been quality checked, is compatible and coherent and follows existing standards. This is achieved through links to existing databases such as EMODnet, SeaDataNet and Copernicus.

Secondary data will also be available through the platform to better serve the needs of various stakeholders including academia, industry and the general public, who may require access to this nature of data.

José Chambel Leitão from HIDROMOD, MARENDATA developer, said: “This platform was based on three concepts in order to make it useful and specific to the marine energy industry.

"The first was to build on a previous data platform concept from the SOWFIA project. The second was to target the relevance of the data to the marine energy industry, as opposed to generic data platforms. And finally, the third concept was to have the support of industry experts, partners of WESE and SEA Wave, selecting the appropriate information to relay to end-users.”

To access the date, visit http://marendata.eu – access is free but users are required to create an account to gain login details.



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