The challenge will address the changes over the past 5, 10, 50 and 100 years (if possible) of the:

  • The change in temperature at surface, mid- water and sea-bottom;
  • Limits of extent of sea ice coverage;
  • Range of three most abundant species of phytoplankton;
  • One of the important objectives is to disseminate the analysed data thought the Black Sea checkpoint Portal.



The workflow is made of three major activities:

Activity 1: to search for upstream data to meet challenge requirements

  • Satellite data
  • Copernicus Marine Core Service
  • In Situ data and survey campaigns
  • Climate indicators (EEA- Reports, OOPC reports, ESA-CCI projects)

Activity 2: to build and analyze data base, produce challenge outputs for GIS use

Activity 3: to deliver checkpoint information, and report assessment in results in the Literature Survey and Data Adequacy Reports.



Team involved:


Data processing

  • Which input information is looked for, discoverable 

The Challenge will collect data from several sources: remote sensing, in-situ, numerical simulations, literature references and historical archives. The main input will be Copernicus-GMES, Emodnet-Thematic, Seadatanet, Fisheries Data Collection Framework, National Databases, International Databases.

Browse Data Source

  • Are data sets accessible ?

The Challenge will provide information on the data availability in a standardized way plus terms of access and use.

  • How appropriate for use are the data ?

The Challenge will provide information on the data appropriateness in standardized way plus descriptive text of strengths and weakness regarding the appropriateness of upstream data used. It will include a rationale for non selection of unused input data.


Targeted products

The Climate Challenge products will include:

  1. Spatial data layers (maps) for the past 10, 50 and 100 years for:
    • Average annual temperature with confidence limits;
    • Average extent of sea ice coverage.
  2. Time plots for:
    • Average annual temperature (surface, mid-water column and bottom) with confidence limits;
    • Average annual internal energy with confidence limits;
    • Total ice cover in sea over past 100 years;
    • Abundance of three most abundant species of phytoplankton.
  3. Inputs to the WP13 portal construction.
  4. A list of data sources used and data providers, including primary data producers as well as intermediaries (e.g., GMES, EMODnet).
  5. A summary of efforts meeting the challenge: collecting the data, processing the data into suitable for analysis and analysis of the data.
  6. A summary of lessons learned, gaps in data, information and knowledge and usefulness of the data for the needs of various end-users.
  7. Web portal material with display of maps, trends and downloading.