Visualization is a useful tool to gather data-sets and produce practical and understandable information for many stakeholders and decision makers. The development of products based on quality controlled data is essential to assess the state of the environment. In order to have a comprehensive understanding of the environmental status of marine areas bordered by different countries, this task shall be faced in a harmonised and common way.
HarmoNIA has performed a review of the instruments currently used within the ADRION region to visualize contaminant level, within its second technical work package, “Data collection and definition of common data outputs focused on contamination”. Based on this review, an inventory of data visualization products commonly used for the assessment of contaminants in the Adriatic – Ionian seas is available. Best practices from Regional Sea Conventions in other areas (eg. OSPAR, HELCOM) have been additionally included.
To address current lack of harmonization, the inventory has been shared and discussed amongst the HarmoNIA network.
According to the collected information, HarmoNIA proposes “Best practices” to:
• articulate a synthetic and scientifically meaningful way represent data
• illustrate spatial variability and temporal trends of the given chemical parameters
• define data products specifically relevant for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
During the second year of the project, Best practices will be used to create, in selected key areas, examples of common data outputs useful for management of contamination at transnational scale.
HarmoNIA partnership is a multidisciplinary team, composed of people involved not only in environmental monitoring and assessment tasks but also in scientific research. This balance is leading to important outcomes.