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The current state of the Russian Marine Ecosystem Monitoring for the White Sea and its relevance to the EU Directive on Water Policy and UN Agenda 21

Objective

Over the last decades the White Sea was a subject of multifaceted research and surveillance conducted by a wealth of, first, the former USSR and then Russian Federation agencies and institutions. Not necessarily, the nomenclature of parameters and methodology of their determination, time resolution and accuracy levels were standardized, which resulted in a significant heterogeneity of thus collected data. This became further aggravated with the onset of recent political and economic developments in this country: an unsupervised variety of instrumental and methodological facilities came into play enormously complicating any faithful portraying of the current state of the White Sea ecosystem. The proposed project is focused on establishing a metadata base on the relevant past and present knowledge, including new findings gained through several international cooperative research projects initiated/supported by EC. To achieve this goal, all-Russia workshops will be convoked to establish a most exhaustive metadata base. This meta data base will be employed for an analytical analysis of data quality, its compatibility and appropriateness for creating an integral portrait of the White Sea ecology state and dynamics. A dedicated monograph will be drawn and disseminated within the EC community. In the next stage, the scope and quality of the data collected so far in Russia will be compared to what is being done in EC. Dedicated workshops and individual visits of experts will be arranged in order to properly assess the relevance of the Russian monitoring system, nomenclature of surveyed parameters, methodology and accuracy requirements, etc. to the EC directives both pan-European and region-specific. Finally, the project will result in identification and detailed outlining of goals to be pursued in Russia to fully accommodate the standards, aims and results formats, which are presently worked out and being practiced by the European

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-RUSSIA+NIS/SSA-4
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATION "NANSEN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTRE"
Address
Bolshaya Monetnaya 26/28
St. Petersburg
Russia

Participants (4)

MURMANSK MARINE BIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Russia
Address
Vladimirskaya 17
Murmansk
NORTHERN WATER PROBLEMS INSTITUTE
Russia
Address
Alexander Nevsky, 50
Petrozavodsk
NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER
Norway
Address
Edvard Griegsvei 3A
Bergen
FINNISH INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Finland
Address
Lyypekinkuja 3A
Helsinki