This is the first progress report for the North Sea Check Point (NSCP). It covers the 4 months period up to the end of April 2014.
The work on the project challenges has commenced. The literature review is in progressing and the bibliographic tool Mendeley is used to share and comment on papers and other publications. The tool will also be used for internal project document sharing. In the context of the actual challenges themselves, work is underway on the marine protected areas, climate and coastal protection and wind farm siting challenges. The oil platform leak challenge is further advanced and has been set up and is ready for a rehearsal.
Emphasis during this phase of the project has also been placed on the project infrastructure such as the website, web services and data repository. Within the scope of the contract there are many ways this could be done and although some variability is good, too much difference between the NSCP and MSCP and future checkpoints would be confusing to users. With this in mind the NSCP has presented in this report its options for the website, web services and data repository. These have been shared with the MSCP and are to be presented at the EMODNET steering group meeting in June 2014 to agree the best way forward.