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Future observational and modelling needs identified on the basis of the existing shelf data
Berlamont, J.; Radach, G.; Becker, G.; Colijn, F.; Gekeler, J.; Laane, R.W.P.M.; Monbaliu, J.; Prandle, D.; Sündermann, J.; Van Raaphorst, W.; Yu, C.S. (1996). Future observational and modelling needs identified on the basis of the existing shelf data. Dtsch. Hydrogr. Z. 48(3-4): 421-436
In: Deutsche hydrographische Zeitschrift = German Journal of Hydrography. Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)/Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut: Hamburg; Rostock. ISSN 0012-0308, more
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  • Berlamont, J., more
  • Radach, G., more
  • Becker, G.
  • Colijn, F., more
  • Gekeler, J.
  • Laane, R.W.P.M., more
  • Monbaliu, J., more
  • Prandle, D.
  • Sündermann, J.
  • Van Raaphorst, W.
  • Yu, C.S.

    NOWESP has compiled a vast quantity of existing data from the North-West European Shelf. Such a focused task is without precedence. It is now highly recommended that one, or a few national and international data centres or agencies should be chosen and properly supported by the EU, where all available observational data, including the NOWESP data, are collected, stored, regularly updated by the providers of the data, and made available to the researchers. International agreement must be reached on the quality control procedures and quality standards for data to be stored in these data bases. Proper arrangements should be made to preserve the economic value of the data for their "owners" without compromising use of the data by researchers or duplicating data collecting efforts. The continental shelf data needed are concentration fields of temperature, salinity, nutrients, suspended matter and chlorophyll, which can be called "climatological" fields. For this purpose at least one monthly survey on the whole European shelf is needed at least during five years, with a proper spatial resolution e.g. 1 degree by 1 degree, and at least in those areas where climatological data are now totally lacking. From the modelling point of view an alternative would be the availability of data from sufficiently representative fixed stations on the shelf, with weekly sampling for several years.

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