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European Seas oil spill database

The implemented database collects most of the existing observational data, at European level, concerning oil discharges from vessels. Data are coming from observations made by aircrafts as well as using satellite radar images.
It is a tool that, for the first time, put together in a coherent way a large amount of data, which were collected and organised by different entities and according to different standards.

The achieved results not only provide the possibility to access all the data from a single source but has also defined a set of common criteria for inclusion in the database. This is the fundamental step to allow a real, unbiased use of the data for a variety of different applications. In addition, a specific statistical methodology has been implemented to deliver added value products. The tool is now a unique source of information in order to perform different tasks, such as the long term monitoring of the evolution of marine oil pollution at European scale, the identification of hot-spots related to the problem, the assessment of the effectiveness of measures taken in specific areas.

The JRC is fully committed to further maintain, develop and populate the database and it is currently using the database as a starting point for local/regional studies on the evolution of the marine oil pollution, on request of National Authorities and EC Services.

The database is publicly accessible through a viewer on a dedicated web-site and additional information, in GIS compatible format, can be requested.

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