Environmental data gaps in Black Sea catchment countries: INSPIRE and GEOSS State of Play

Myroshnychenko V., Ray N., Lehmann A., Giuliani G., Kideys A., Weller P., ...More

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY, vol.46, pp.13-25, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.04.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.13-25
  • Keywords: GEOSS, INSPIRE, Black Sea catchment, enviroGRIDS, Environmental data, Data sharing
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents the results of a large analysis of environmental data gaps in countries of the Black Sea catchment performed in the context of the FP7 enviroGRIDS project in 2010. We also assessed the level of compatibility of the data to the European directive establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) and to the international standards of data interoperability as advocated by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and implemented in the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Many environmental datasets were analyzed at different scales (national, regional, European, and global) and the analysis revealed gaps in spatial and temporal environmental data coverage and problem of data compatibility at different scales.