The Marine Data Review examined the potential of existing marine and public health information and data portals for understanding the complex interactions between the marine environment and human health.
Access to accurate Oceans and Human Health information – such as data on marine pollutants or maritime activities – underpins our ability to make evidenced-based policies. Improved understanding of these relationships can lead to improved policy and management of both the marine environment and public health, with societal and economic benefits.
For this purpose, three pan-European marine data sources were reviewed:
- EMODnet (the European Marine Observation and Data Network)
- CMEMS (the Marine Component of COPERNICUS)
- European Atlas of the Seas
In parallel, overarching global and European public health data portals were also examined, including:
- WHO Global Health Observatory data repository
- European Environmental Agency
- European Public Health: European Core Health Indicators
During this review, we considered how existing marine data could be categorised and cross-referenced with selected human health and wellbeing impacts.
The result of this process is presented in an analytical matrix. The horizontal axis of the matrix represents the public health component, and the vertical axis represent the marine health component, both containing indicators relevant in an Oceans and Human Health context.
This matrix will facilitate the identification of interesting links in existing datasets as well as data gaps. It will also help to determine whether there is a need to develop a dedicated Oceans and Human Health data portal providing access to data from various sources in a more targeted way.
This project will create awareness of Oceans and Human Health issues in the tourism industry.
By analysing current marine, ecosystem and health management plans, this project will identify how different policies can be brought together.
This pan-European survey will improve our understanding of the European public’s beliefs about how marine issues affect human health and wellbeing.