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What geospatial information is needed for managing windfarm projects at sea and how are we going to organize that?

Ellen Vos

(Submission #75)


The use case windfarm at sea is key to the energy transition. This use case as part of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) links together various existing developments both in specific marine and more general information management. Potentially this can strengthen high level cooperation and coordination by collating and extending existing building blocks of geospatial information infrastructures, with a focus on standards.

This presentation will use two architecture perspectives to explain this, both the enterprise viewpoint and the information viewpoint along the lines of the OGP Oil Response COP Project. The aim is to come to a blue print, comparable to the Land Administration Domain Model (ISO 19152). The geospatial information requirements specific to windfarms at sea will be touched upon and connected to existing initiatives under the umbrella of Marine Knowledge 2020, combined with INSPIRE and EMODnet accomplishments and global geospatial information developments like the UN-GGIM Marine Geospatial Information WG, the IHO S-100 framework and the OGC Marine Domain WG.

First step in searching for and managing of windfarm sites is to understand the legal framework. Which Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities are connected to which areas? (An example are the coastal zone of UNCLOS, part of the Administrative Units theme of INSPIRE.) These questions fit within existing work on Marine Cadastre in Europe, as published by Wouters and Balla. In this work the Marine Cadastre is considered to be the cornerstone of a Marine SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure).

Next step is environmental information (especially depth, or Elevation in the language of INSPIRE) as foundation layer. Several initiatives (like INSPIRE, EMODnet, GEBCO) and standards (like INSPIRE Elevation, IHO S-102, SeaDataNet) are involved. Also meteorological and oceanographic information are needed. Some parts are covered by INSPIRE Annex III themes, but most data is held in domain specific infrastructures. How to connect to these and how to involve the relevant players from these domains in the standardization work?

Finally, willingness to cooperate is key. This challenge is to reach consensus while crossing different disciplines, management levels and international boundaries. This presentation seeks a fruitful combination of purpose driven (sustainable development by means of renewable energy by windfarms) and technology driven elements (improving technical standardization.

The European focus on the Blue Economy and more specific on MSP and the Marine Cadastre are drivers of a better integration of the underlying geospatial data infrastructures.


Topic Area:  [2.6] Cooperation on standardization
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   Marine
Comments:   MSP, SDI, MSDI, windfarm, sea, Marine Cadastre, INSPIRE, IHO, OGC, UN-GGIM

Perhaps this presentation can be related to the contribution by Mr. Roger Longhorn on Marine Cadastre and MSDI

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