Mediterranean Data Archeology
EC-MArine Sciences & Technology
|EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN REGIONAL CENTRE
The objective of the
MEDAR/MEDATLAS II project is to rescue, safeguard and make available a
comprehensive data set of oceanographic parameters collected in the Mediterranean and
Black Sea, through a wide co-operation of the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. It is
an European MAST/INCO concerted action and a regional contribution to UNESCO/IOC's Global
Ocean Data Archeology and Rescue (GODAR) project.
The MEDAR/MEDATLAS-II project involves a group of 20
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To complete the data-void areas
in the Eastern and Southern parts of the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea with new
observations, through a wide co-operation of the Mediterranean countries and use of
enhanced communication facilities (fax, ftp, WWW servers, email) to fasten exchange of
information and data among participants and users.
To make available comparable
and compatible data sets of temperature, salinity and bio-chemical profiles issuing from
different sources, by using a common protocol for formatting and quality checking.
To prepare value added products
including climatological gridded statistics and maps that will be useful for the
understanding and modelling of the Mediterranean and Black Sea by using efficient and
robust objective analysis techniques.
To facilitate the access to the
archived data and enhance the data for various scientific, educational, industrial and
environmental needs, through electronic publishing on widely disseminated media and
To insure the quality of the
data products by performing quality checks in accordance to the available international
standards at each stage of the data processing.
Long term objectives
To contribute to improve the
overall level of data quality by developing and standardising common protocols for data
management and data exchange, especially for handling oxygen and nutrients data.
To decrease the time lag
between data collection and data release, and contribute to valorise the ship time by
enhancing further use of the data among different scientific, operational and industrial
To develop a distributed data
management structure for the Mediterranean scientific and operational oceanography, by job
training and workshops in data qualifying, processing, mapping, archiving and