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5 July 2005






WP1 & WP2 Meeting

5th July 2005

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

The 10th of August 2005


Jrgen Leth (JOL)
Zyad Al-Hamdani (ZAL)
Anna-Leena Njd (ALN)
Greger Lindeberg (GRL)
Lars-Kristian Stoln (LKS)
Peter Sandbeck (PES)
Johnny Reker (JYR)
Jesper Andersen (JHA)

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Finnish Environment Institute
Geological Survey of Sweden
Geological Survey of Sweden
Danish Institute of Fisheries Research
BALANCE Secretariat
BALANCE Secretariat





Welcome and presentation


Introduction to WP1 and WP2


Marine landscapes: Definition and data requirements


Field work


Any other business




JOL welcome the participants to GEUS.

All participants introduced themselves and outlined their expected roles within BALANCE.


Due to trouble to get hold of the relevant partners and contact person a request was made set up a communication network. It should contain mailing lists of WP involved partners, with names of theresponsible persons.

Discussion on WP1 and WP2 outputs in Milestone 1 and 2. JOL gave a brief opening on the data requirements needed.

Presentation no. 1 was made by GRL. A general overview of expected topics to be discussed. In relation to the the GIS Portal the following topics were discussed:Technology/Platform, Metadata, Data requirements from WP2-4, visualisation of marine landscapes and habitat maps) .

Presentation no. 2 was made by LKS. The handling of metadata is based on the “ERSI portal toolkit” and will follow the ESRI implementation of ISO 10115. An introduction on 3 different ways to publish metadata followed by the requirements for the description of metadata.

  1. Metadata harvest (ArcIMS needed)
  2. On-line Metadata creation forum
  3. On-line upload Metadata file utilities

It was suggested to follow or learn from existing portal, such as the MAREANO portal (WMS/WFS server based).

The portal will give access to the partner’s web sites and the maps available there. The portal will facilitate communication and sharing geo-data and resources.

An automated, weekly update from each partner’s server can be set up, but requires 1 person responsible at each institute for updating the metadata (a special mailing list?) and an agreement between the partners. The durability of the metadatabase will be greatly enhanced. Datum should be WGS84 as fisheries and geological surveys are using these.

Discussion on access to data which varies among the countries. Some problems might occur with the availability of data from the countries not represented in the partner list (Russia and Poland) Two types of marine landscape maps will be comlied: 1) A broad scale maps covering the whole Baltic incl. Kattegat and Skagerrak to be used in the WP3 analysis. 2) A “best practice” example from the pilot areas. Discussion on what data is needed.Two types of data are required 1) Geophysical data, 2) Hydrographical data. The developed landscapes should fit with the EUNIS classification to the extent possible and requirements fitted from the start.

Information on the Baltic national typologies developed under the Water Framework Directive can be found under or through contacting Karsten Dahl (NERI/ partner no. 3). The CHARM project has published information on broad scale Baltic physical data and between the partners and subcontractors (through DIFRES and SNS) should be able to cover the entire Baltic Sea.

The landscapes should be developed on a regional basis. Marine landscapes are defined by the bordering countries/partners to solve any cross-border problems. GEUS will collate the data and produce the needed template, methodology, and analysis. In co-operation define the appropriate regions for developing the regional marine landscapes. GEUS expects each partner to collate and deliver the requested data sets at the agreed upon format.

In regard to biological data contact with VELMU (FI) and SAKU (SE) needs to be firmly established.

AP1, JYR: Set up a workable communication network among partners and WPs.

AP2, GRL: Supply JOL with presentation no. 1

AP3, LKS: Supply JOL with presentation no. 2.

AP4, LKS/GRL: Send out a paper with a suggested list on what requirements WP1-4 have. A step- wise approach starting with the required fields for the marine landscapes, deadline 1st of September.

AP5, JOL & AZK Supply GRL with marine landscape data requirements 1st of September .


The marine landscape map resolution was discussed and GRL suggested a 1 x 1km grid size as a most useful resolution grid, but this depends strongly on the availability of the data and its resolution. A grid space of 7 x 7 km seems to reflect NERI salinity data. The delineation of the marine landscapes has to be based on objective analysis. A series of questions arises: defining gridding cells, krieging-multivariance methods, scale, confidence ratings. GEUS will gather information from the literature study and experiences from the MESH project.

The type of data required for the marine landscape map was discussed. The following were listed: Shoreline, bathymetry, salinity, oxygen, wave exposure, current, sediment, oxygen, bed forms, and gas seepage.

As for the pelagic part, they are: Stratification, vertical salinity, temperature, and ice coverage.

The data format required for the production of the marine landscape map is the (x,y,z) ASCII format. The platform for GIS production is ESRI ArcView which should be available in all partners institutes.


The type and the data obtained from partners field work were also discussed and due to the absence of some partners GRL suggested sending an email to them. The Meeting agreed that the email should be send in the last week of July to all involved partners asking about their field work, timing, location, budget, data to be collected.

It was also agreed that GRL will specify a deadline for the reception of relevant information.

AP6: GRL will e-mail in the last week of July about their field work, timing, location, budget, data to be collected.

WP2 - Marine landscapes and habitats

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