Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
The conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU environmental policies requires the provision of timely, quality assured and easy-to-use data and information.
In particular, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) entails Member States to take measures to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine waters by 2020.
To achieve the objectives of the MSFD Directive, a knowledge-based approach is essential to:
To this end, EMIS has been developed as part of the MSFD Competence Centre (MCC) for GES to assist Member States with the monitoring and assessment of their marine and coastal waters.
It provides access to key marine and coastal bio-physical variables of importance to assess MSFD indicators.
The system operation includes:
The Marine Competence Centre (MCC) is the JRC's resource for supporting marine environmental policy:
The MCC acts as a science-policy interface, facilitating cooperation and information exchange between several ongoing activities that support the MSFD.
The MCC provides a "platform" for sharing knowledge and scientific expertise on methods and modelling tools.
The MCC "platform" provide users with:
Eleven Descriptors of the marine environmental Status Multidisciplinary and closely linked to other EU legislation