The Checkpoint regional projects have established a method for ‘valuing’ the marine data made available through initiatives such as EMODnet and Copernicus for the benefice of key downstream applications to foster the blue economy.

The challenges provide a way to value data and make informed choices about suitability of a dataset to solve their particular problem.

As with other EMODnet Checkpoints, EMODnet BlackSea assesses basin-monitoring systems on the basis of the data needs from 11 end-user applications. These are of paramount importance for: (i) the blue economy sector (offshore industries, fisheries); (ii) marine environment variability and change (eutrophication, river inputs and ocean climate change impacts); (iii) emergency management (oil spills); and (iv) preservation of natural resources and biodiversity (Marine Protected Areas).