Thematic portals regularly report their user statistics as part of the EMODnet progress indicators which allows them to track interest and identify areas for improvement. The following summary covers the two month period January-February 2016.
During this period, none of the thematic portals reported on any specific challenges envisioned for the following period. Coastal Mapping mentioned difficulties with gathering information about costs of surveys using their internal questionnaire on past experiences, but this should not cause major issues as information will be compiled throughout the project duration to fine-tune the algorithm configuration. The Atlantic Checkpoint suffered withdrawal of one of the main partners, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) from the partnership for unclear reasons. The Coordinator had to find a solution involving a contractor to make up for this loss.
More detailed information can be found on the EMODnet thematic and sea-basin checkpoint portals, also accessible through the EMODnet Central Portal.