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Data management workflow optimises reporting of spatial marine biodiversity monitoring data at BfN

Mirko Hauswirth and Judith Stagl

(Submission #136)


The Marine Department of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is responsible for nature conservation in the marine areas of the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ; area >12 and <200 nautical miles from the coast line).

This includes the coordination of long-term monitoring activities of protected marine species and habitats in the North and Baltic Sea to quickly and reliably detect negative trends in marine biodiversity and initi-ate appropriate countermeasures.

The legal frame regarding these monitoring activities is formed by European legislation like Habitats and Birds Directives, INSPIRE and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), as well as national legisla-tion like the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) or regional marine conventions like OSPAR and HELCOM.

The outcome of these monitoring activities is a large amount of spatio-temporal data that has to be managed in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at BfN (BfN.gdi). The monitoring data must be report-ed in compliance with the different directives and conventions and provided externally for governance, research projects and broad public. For this purpose, and to do it in an optimised and efficient way, a data management workflow for spatial marine biodiversity monitoring data is being established as a central component of BfN’s SDI. It collects and harmonises monitoring data from various sources and provides the required reporting results for INSPIRE, MSFD, Habitats and Birds Directives.

In the last 15 years the monitoring of protected marine mammal and seabird species produced more than 1.4 Mio. observation points with 61,000 bird sightings as well as 800,000 observation points for porpoises from surveys by vessel as well as aircraft-based counts along systematic monitoring transects in the German North and Baltic Sea. Using this example, the presentation focuses on the workflow steps and tools of data harmonisation, the provision of INSPIRE compliant data, metadata and services regarding the species distribution (INSPIRE Annex Theme SD) as well as the provision of data compliant to the Habitats and Birds Directives.

Furthermore, it shows potential synergies between INSPIRE and MSFD reporting. Finally, the presentation gives some examples for a transparent documentation of spatio-temporal moni-toring data using focused and user-optimised Webmapping-Apps to view and download species distribu-tion data of protected marine mammal and seabird species.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   nature conservation
Comments:   Nature conservation; species distribution; habitats; monitoring; reporting; MSRL; marine; SDI;spatial data infrastructure; Biodiversity;sea; nature protection; marine directive

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