Maritime Forum
Marine Knowledge Expert Group

The European Commission has set up an informal expert group to provide the Commission with scientific, technical and operational expertise on matters concerning marine observation and data notably by:

  • assisting in the monitoring of all phases of all projects set up to further the aims of the European Observation and Data Network (EMODnet);
  • advising on the priorities for data to be made available through the Network;
  • advising on how the needs of maritime business and investment can be served better by the provision of data through the Network;
  • preparing an analysis of gaps in current or future marine observation systems that limit offshore or coastal investment;
  • determining how private companies could contribute towards monitoring the seas and oceans and how the data they collect for their own purposes could be made more widely available

It replaces the previous Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG) who helped to define how EMODnet could work. The necessary expertise to continue this technical advice is now within the EMODnet partnership. What is needed is more the viewpoint of the intended users. This group should help with that.

rules of procedure and list of members

Major new release of EMODnet Digital Bathymetry on

The EMODnet Digital Bathymetry (DTM) made available earlier this year has been improved and upgraded over the last 6 months - the result is now published on the EMODnet Bathymetry portal Several anomalies have been remediated and the new release includes layers showing high resolution bathymetry for selected coastal waters in Europe to test the concept of a multi resolution product.

Last update: 08/09/15

EMODnet Secretariat progress update - July 2015

This update is largely based on the bi-monthly reports of the thematic lots covering the months May-June 2015 supplemented with updates from the Secretariat.

Last update: 01/02/18

EMODnet@JRC Open Seminar

The EMODnet Seminar aims to inform interested staff at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra and other stakeholders about the basic principles, architecture and development of the various components of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). It provides a forum for interaction and discussion on topics of common interest between the EMODnet community and various units at the Joint Research Centre.

Start date: 02/07/2015 - 16:30
Last update: 17/06/15

4th EMODnet Steering Committee Meeting - Draft Agenda

The EMODnet Steering Committee is composed of EMODnet project coordinators, representatives from the European Commission DG MARE and the EMODnet Secretariat to discuss progress, improve coherence of various activities, increase collaboration and guide the development of the Central EMODnet portal.

Start date: 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Last update: 23/06/15

Minutes of the 23nd and Final Meeting of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG)

Minutes and agenda of the final meeting of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG) organised back to back with the EMODnet Open Conference and Partner Meetings (20-23 October 2015, Oostende Belgium)

Start date: 19/10/2015 - 02:00
Last update: 28/04/16

First EMODnet Open Conference (20 October 2015) & partner gathering (21-22 October 2015)

There are over 100 organisations working on the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). During a three day event, partners from different thematic groups will meet each other, discover new insights and work together on common problems. The event will start with an EMODnet Open Conference 20/10/2015 providing an overview of the achievements and a forum to discuss the way ahead together with users and stakeholders from industry, policy and the scientific community.

Start date: 20/10/2015 - 02:00
Last update: 04/05/15

Minutes of the 22nd Meeting of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG)

Date: Wednesday and Thursday 1-2 October 2014 Location: Belgian Federal Science Policy (Belspo) – Louizalaan / Avenue Louise 231, B-1050 Brussels Minutes Prepared by the EMODnet Secretariat Go to Meeting Agenda and Presentations

Last update: 23/10/14

EMODnet@EurOCEAN2014 pre-event: Connecting people with data

Date: 6 October 2014, from 14:00 to 18:00 Location: Giacomello room, Italian Research Council (CNR) Headquarters, Rome Italy Meeting Chair: Phil Weaver

Start date: 06/10/2014 - 16:00
Last update: 01/02/18

22nd Meeting of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG)

Agenda - 22nd Meeting of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG)

Start date: 01/10/2014 - 16:00
Last update: 23/10/14

EMODnet Secretariat progress update - July 2014

NEWS: Join us at the EMODnet@EurOCEAN2014 Pre-event – Connection people with data (Rome, 6 October 2014) – register and find more information here:

Last update: 19/08/14

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